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ROYAL NAVY "FAITHFUL FREDDIE” SUBMARINE BINNACLE

AUTHENTIC

Exactly two years ago we PRESENTED one of these scare relics of Royal Navy history. It became the third one we discovered since 2005. This is the fourth we've had the privilege to offer. It is  the Royal Navy's famous submarine bridge compass that was first introduced in 1909. The diminutive size allowed for passing  it up and down though the conning tower hatch since it was only used while on the surface. The black iron balls called "quadrantal correctors" were a fairly recent innovation at the Turn of the 20th Century. They served to minimize the ship's magnetic deviation, which is one type of compass error.

ORIGIN OF THE NAME: In 1921, the famous author P.G. WOODHOUSE wrote a humorous book called JILL THE WRECKLESS.  One of the characters in the book was called Freddie Rooke and he was a friend who always guided his friends to a successful end.  British naval officers named their compass after him. Courtesy of G. Dykes, RN-Ret

Every important collection of nautica deserves a Faithful Freddie. Don't miss this one!

 

The compact size allowed it to be passed upward through the conning tower hatch when the submarine operated on the surface, and then back down when she submerged. Pressure tight directional gyro repeaters were not introduced until some years after WW II so Faithful Freddie saw lots of service.  

 

There is only one binnacle that can be legitimately called a Faithful Freddie and that is Pattern Number 189. This is shown on the placard affixed to this one upon which is stamped Serial Number 2684 H. It is also fitted with two rectangular corrector coils and wiring that became available towards the end of the War This helped smooth out the huge variations in voltage from the submarine's batteries, depending on whether they being charged by her diesel engines or were being discharged when coupled to her electric motors. This may be the last of the improvements made to this design over its 75 years of active service.

                       Pattern 189 N
                     32 Point Sestrel Compass
                        Hood Removed
  In use on board a Royal Navy submarine

CONDITION: The over all binnacle displays beautifully. It's woodwork is in excellent condition, and its brasswork has just been polished and lacquered for your enjoyment. It shows some evidence of use at sea mostly in some small dents and abrasions on the binnacle hood. The glass in the port opposite the helmsman is missing. Both covers are intact. We believe that the binnacle was made during or prior to WW II because of its serial number.  It is fitted with a fully gimbaled Sestral compass which is not original. It's liquid has a bubble, which in no way affects its accuracy.

 

DIMENSIONS: 19" H x 16 1/4" W x  10 1/4" D                    WEIGHT 38.5 pounds

Compass bowl diameter  5"

Compass card diameter  4"

An authentic example of the legendary Royal Navy submarine binnacle introduced as Pattern 189 in 1909. It was designed for use on the bridge of submarines and its excellent design allowed them to navigate on the surface accurately and reliably.

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If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned within five days of receipt in its original packaging if without damage. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization from us for the return is required. Shipping charges are  included in this offer if an error is due to our fault.

SHIPPING & PACKING: The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, is an additional charge. You may email us to get these costs. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.

International buyers welcome, but should inquire first.  We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

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This Fine Binnacle Has Been Sold. Thank You!
 
AN AUTHENTIC "FAITHFUL FREDDIE” ROYAL NAVY SUBMARINE BINNACLE
At A Very Special Price

PRESENTED is a fine example of the Royal Navy's famous submarine bridge compass first introduced in 1909. The design allowed for minimizing deviation and because of this it could be closely corrected, and became affectionately known as "Faithful Freddie" to generations of British Submariners. The compass was made in a compact size to allow it to be passed upward through the conning tower hatch when the submarine operated on the surface, and then back down when she submerged. Pressure tight directional gyro repeaters were not introduced until some years after WW II so Faithful Freddie saw lots of service.  There is only one compass that disserves these accolades and that is Pattern Number 189 as shown on the placard affixed to this one upon which is stamped Serial Number 2793 K. It is fitted with two special rectangular corrector coils and wiring that became available towards the end of the War This helped sooth out the huge variations in voltage from the submarine's batteries, depending on whether they being charged by her diesel engines or were being discharged when coupled to her electric motors. This may be the last of the improvements made to this design over its 75 years of active service.

ORIGIN OF THE NAME: In 1921, the famous author P.G. WODEHOUSE wrote a humourous book called "JILL THE WRECKLESS".  One of the characters in the book was called Freddie Rooke and he was a friend who always guided his friends to a successful end.  British naval officers named their compass after him. Courtesy of G. Dykes, RN-Ret


                       Pattern 189 N
                     32 Point Sestrel Compass
                        Hood Removed
  In use on board a Royal Navy submarine

CONDITION: The over all binnacle display beautifully. It's woodwork is freshly varnished, and its brasswork polished and lacquered for your enjoyment. It shows some evidence of use at sea mostly in  some small dents and abrasions on the binnacle hood. The cover over the port facing the helmsman is missing. The front cover is intact. It is fairly evident, that the original binnacle was made during or prior to WW II since some of the cast brass fittings show their original foundry marks as would be expected under war time critical conditions.  The fully gimbaled compass fitted is an early Sestrel with Mica card calibrated in points. Its liquid has been removed, which in no way affects its accuracy. The compensation balls are new additions, and may not be necessary with the new style rectangular compensation rings that are part of its up-graded war time design. They add immeasurably to the binnacle's rugged good looks.

 

DIMENSIONS: 19" H x 18" W x  8" D                    WEIGHT 23 pounds

Compass bowl diameter  5"

Compass card diameter  4"

 

This is an authentic example of the legendary submarine binnacle introduced in 1909 for the Royal Navy as Pattern 189. It was designed for use on the bridge of submarines and its excellent design allowed them to navigate on the surface accurately and reliably.

 

International buyers welcome, but inquire first.  We have satisfied customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

SHIPPING & PACKING: The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, will be calculated after the auction and is an additional charge. You may email us before bidding to get these costs. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.

OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless due to our error.

A very special Faithful Freddie binnacle that belongs in every important collection at an exceptional price. Don't miss this one!


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