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1 A word which originally referred only to a magnetic compass which the master of a ship had in his cabin so that he always knew the direction in which his ship was heading. It was often fixed to hang face downwards from the deck beams so that he could read the ship's course while lying in his bunk.

2 The name for pieces of light material tied to the stays of a yacht to detect a shift in the wind, or sewn at intervals just abaft the luff of a sail to indicate the airflow.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.

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