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  • He put a few spokes over, and I watched the compass-card swing slowly to N.N.W. and steady itself with slight oscillations.

    Chapter 14

  • This feeling of bewilderment passed off, and I found that I was peering blankly into the binnacle, at the compass-card; yet, until then, entirely without being aware of the fact.

    The Ghost Pirates

  • We noticed, however, that the captain appeared to be uneasy about the vessel's course and progress; he glanced more than once at the compass-card, and several times, in his perambulations, he lingered over the paddle-boxes, and intently watched the water as it slipped by.

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • The captain stepped to the binnacle, and read the compass-card.

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • For a quarter of an hour this went on, then, to the amazement of all on board, the captain, after glancing anxiously at the compass-card, sternly called out "Silence!"

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • Conning the compass-card of his chances as they bear down upon him and send their shot whizzing across his bows, the sailor, in his fixed resolve to evade the gang at any cost, resorted first of all to the most simple and sailorly expedient imaginable.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • On harbor charts or other small charts, the Variation is shown by the compass-card printed on the chart.

    Lectures in Navigation

  • If necessary, the compass-card may be steadied by pressing the stop at the base of the sight vane.

    The Sewerage of Sea Coast Towns

  • When looking through the sight-hole the face of the compass-card can be seen by reflection from the back of the prism, and at the same time the direction of any required point may be sighted with the wire in the opposite sight vane, so that the bearing of the line between the boat and the required point may be read.

    The Sewerage of Sea Coast Towns

  • It was possibly after this that the share of Amalphi came in; it may have been Flavio Gioja, or some other citizen of that earliest commercial republic of the Middle Ages, which filled up so large a part of the gap between two great ages of progress, who fitted the magnet into a box, and by connecting it with the compass-card, made it generally and easily available.

    Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery, 1394-1460 A.D. With an Account of Geographical Progress Throughout the Middle Ages As the Preparation for His Work.


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