After five and a half years of refit
, I'm delighted to report that I can finally start turning my attention to the gear
and instruments of sailing. I dug my old binnacle compass
out of the container, and found the dome only half-full of alcohol. We sent it to a repair shop in Port of Spain
, who said there was a leak in the diaphragm
, and that the compass
was old enough that spare parts
were not to be had. I'm hoping that the repair infrastructure in Trinidad might be a factor here; I brought it home in my carry-on (it was fun watching the faces on the TSA guys as they watched the xray). I've gotta think there's an old nautical instrument cobbler somewhere up here in the States (Annapolis, perhaps?) who has shelves of scavenged compass bits and the know-how to rehab it. Since the compass appears to be British-made, maybe it would involve shipment to the UK, though the shipping
costs might make the repair financially unwise. That might be true nonetheless. But the compass does have a nice antiquey aesthetic that goes well with the boat, so if the money
doesn't get too stoopid it would be nice to put it back to rights.
Besides the leaky diaphragm
issue, it appears that some kind of nightlight would have to be retrofitted (the previous idjit owners scabbed a flashlight bulb to the back of the dome with a blob of epoxy), it needs paint removal
of the bronze or brass clamp ring (again, I blame the idjits), and maybe some scratch polishing of the dome; it's otherwise in pretty good shape.
I'd be grateful for any leads. In case it's helpful, here are the identifiers:
Henry Browne & Son Ltd
Barking and London
searches thus far are only turning up some really
old (100+ years) Browne & Son "Sentrel" compasses being sold as serious antiques; nothing of a mid-1970's (I'm guessing) vintage.