Faithful Freddie WW2 Royal Navy Ships Binnacle Gimbal Compass Brass. On brass bolt down feet. The compass itself is marked Patt 01151A COMPASS No. 11582ES The brass plaque to the front reads 'Patt 1830V BINNACLE - N. 2054A'. The whole unit measures a very substantial 30" x 10" A World War period Faithful Freddie Submarine Binnacle compass. This superb piece of early Twentieth Century maritime history was used as a back-up device for the main gyro compass aboard submarines and was stowed in the conning tower during operations. Should the ship’s main compass fail, the Faithful Freddie would have been mounted on the bridge and used to navigate the vessel whilst on the surface. The binnacle is comprised of a thick brass base ring for mounting to the conning tower with a wooden base made from teak and a cylindrical brass mount on top which houses the compass and gimbal. To the front of the mount is affixed a brass plaque stating, “Patt 1830V”. The brass hood has a carrying handle to the top and a viewing window. These instruments were originally produced for the Royal Navy in 1909 and continued to be used until after the end of the Second World War. Lovingly named by the crews of the Royal Navy after a PG Wodehouse character, Freddie Rooke in Wodehouses’s 1921 book, “Jill the Reckless”. The character who has to endure unrequited love, spends much of the novel saving the main protagonist and the focus of his attentions from numerous scrapes. The main character names Freddie as, “Faithful Freddie” for his continued assistance in difficult situations. Just what the binnacle was designed to do! There are no manufacturer’s marks on the instrument which would suggest that it was produced during wartime (either First or Second World War) but without the availability of production records, it remains the only clue to its date. Either way, a rare and superbly manufactured binnacle which owing to its size is perfect for display.
This exceptional item will make a great display piece for nautical decor.
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