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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Sun compass

Accession no.: N: 1055
Object name: Sun compass
Title: Sun compass
Description: A sun compass made and used during the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova).
Classified name:
SPRI theme science and navigation
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 528.521.6
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT compasses (direction indicators)
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A sun compass consisting of a circular piece of wood with a handle, onto which is stuck a paper disc. The disc is marked in ink with 'CAPE EVANS // LAT 78°S // DEC 1st' and 'AM', 'PM', 'NOON' and 'MIDT', with hours marked in numerals from 1-12 from south to north and north to south. There is a hole in the centre to take a needle (gnomon) which is now missing. The handle is screwed into the back of the sun compass, and has a hole in the end tied to which is a length of rope.

  • Width: 112mm, length: 176mm, depth: 9mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)