Compass housing

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Gimballed, 'tell-tale' compass housing. Mechanism missing.
Measurements
245x 265x 210
Media/Materials description
Copper alloy
History and use
In 1790 HMS Pandora sailed from England in pursuit of the HMS Bounty and its mutineers. The Pandora was wrecked in 1791 on its return voyage while attempting to negotiate the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Queensland Museum archaeological expeditions between 1983 and 1999 recovered many artefacts.
This tell-tale compass housing was found in the area of the Warrant officers' cabins. It is likely to have been mounted in the captain's berth so that, while below, he could keep watch on the course of the ship.

HMS Pandora
Registration number
MA7650

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