A solid bronze and brass WWII US Navy Bureau of Ships, standard No. 5, mark 2 3 inch top reading lifeboat compass made by C.G. CONN. LTD. in Elkhart, Indiana as inscribed on the manufacturers plate located on the fore side of the compass. Just like full sized ship’s binnacle compass, it’s polarity can be adjusted for accuracy with self-contained corrector systems. Measures 5″ tall with a 4.5″ diameter compass ring and weighs just shy of 8 pounds. The brass lid when removed is fastened with a chain to the binnacle base so not to get lost. The compass works fine and is a very accurate instrument. Retains the original navy gray painted surface.
THE JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION
The deed of gift from the family that donated this nautical object, stipulated that the proceeds of the sale would support the Jamestown Settlement sailing program. Private funding has an essential role in supporting the largely volunteer nature of this effort. Along with three paid staff members, up to 35 individuals volunteer 10,000 hours each year to maintain and sail these historic ships.
Jamestown Settlement’s Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery – re-creations of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 – have been designated “the official fleet of the Commonwealth” by the Virginia General Assembly.
Each year one of the ships sails periodically to other ports to participate in commemorative and community events and host educational programs for students. Sailing program volunteer crew assist visitors and students in exploring the ships and learning about the 1607 voyage and 17th-century shipboard activities.
Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway. For more information and admission rates, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery is proud to be selected as the marketing and selling agent for this donated collection of nautical items in order to raise funds to support the Jamestown Settlement sailing program. Please donate generously to the Jamestown Settlement to help keep this important piece of our American history flourishing.