Why put a compass up a pole?

Model of a binnacle compass by James Morton on display in Sunderland Museum

Model of a binnacle compass with polished wood body, grey soft iron adjusting balls either side and brass compass chamber above. Made by James Morton and on display in Sunderland Museum

Model of a binnacle compass by James Morton on display in Sunderland Museum

Model of a binnacle compass with polished wood body, grey soft iron adjusting balls either side and brass compass chamber above. Made by James Morton and on display in Sunderland Museum

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