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CABIN to To CALK, or CAULK

CALL to CANNON

CANNON to CANOE

CANOE to To rig the CAPSTERN

Surge the CAPSTERN to CARPENTER of a ship

CARTEL to CATS-PAW

CAULKING to CHANNEL

CHANNELS to CHEARLY

CHEEKS of the mast to CLINCH

CLINCHER-WORK to COASTING-PILOT

COAT to COLLIERS

COLOURS to COMPASS
COLOURS
COMING-TO
COMMAND
COMMISSIONERS of the navy
COMMODORE
COMPANION
COMPANY
COMPASS

COMPASSING to COVE

COUNTER to CRAWL

CREEPER to CROW-FOOT

CROWNING to CUT-WATER


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COMPASS (continued)

In order to illustrate the above description, we have exhibited a view of the several parts of the compass, plate II. where fig. 19. is the card, with the needle N S, and it's cap fixed upon it.

Plate 2

Plate II

Fig. 21, is the pedestal that supports the card, containing a sewing needle fixed in two small grooves to receive it, by means of a collet C, in the manner of a port-crayon. D, the stem, is filed into an octogon, that it may the more easily be unscrewed.

A B, fig. 20. is the box in which the compass hangs in the binacle.

C D, is the ring that supports the inner box.

E F, is the inner box, which contains the card and needle.

G H, one of it's axes, by which it is suspended on the ring C D.

I. is a place cut out in the wood, serving as an handle.

The magnet or needle appears passing through the center, together with a small brace of ivory that confines the cap to it's place.

The card is a single varnished paper, reaching as far as the outer circle of figures, which is a circle of thin brass; the edge whereof is turned down at right angles to the plane of the card, in order to stiffen it.

The compass is retained in the binacle at sea, as exhibited in plate I. fig. 6. For the other parts of the compass represented in the figure, see the article AZIMUTH.

Plate 1

Plate I


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