A large compass mounted in a brass case and frame which has a clear glass cover over the face. The compass dial is missing and the compass workings are within the case.
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A compass from the SS Waitangi which was wrecked at the mouth of the Pātea river on 5 May 1923. It was retrieved from the wreck by Hilton Hurrell. See Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum. http://www.nzmaritimeindex.org.nz/nssco/nsspage.php?vessel=1076071 . The remains of the wreck are still visible.
I came across reference to this piece in my mother Eileen's records and, after a search online was given a link to your page to find it. Hilton Hurrell was her father, my grandfather with ships and boatbuilding in his blood and the son of a Royal Navy seaman, George Hurrell who farmed at Eltham with his wife Fanny Shotter Hurrell for many decades until his death in 1941. As a young man, Hilton played violin at social gatherings around Taranaki and his violin is one of our treasured posessions in a family of "collectors". Wonderful to see a picture of the compass.
- Alison posted 3 years ago.