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Boat Compass, 19th century

Dent & Co.

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

A 19-century gimballed liquid boat compass in a copper carrying house with a built-in oil lamp manufactured by London's Dent & Co. This portable device is designed to be carried in a small boat launched from a ship. Liquid compasses were used as they would be more stable in the relatively unsteady environment of a small craft. The company is the maker of the world's most famous clock - Big Ben, and it is well-known through its supply of the Standard Clocks to Observatories from Europe to Asia throughout the 19th century.

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  • Title: Boat Compass, 19th century
  • Creator: Dent & Co.
  • Location Created: London
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 23 cm Width: 16.5 cm Depth: 17 cm
  • Original Language: English
  • Rights: ©Hong Kong Maritime Museum
  • Medium: Copper
  • object id: HKMM2010.0318.0003

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