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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Sun compass

Accession no.: N: 207
Object name: Sun compass
Title: Sun compass
Description: A sun compass made by E.A. Wilson and used on the southern sledge journey of the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery).
Artist: Wilson, Edward Adrian
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 '2, 1, 12, 11, 9, 8, 7' on one side and '9, 10, 11, 12, 1, 2' on the other in ink; and 'S, SE, E' in pencil. There is a hole in the centre to take a needle (gnomon) which is now missing.

  • Width: 125mm, height: 3mm, length: 187mm
Associated person(s):
  • User: Wilson, Edward Adrian (1901 - 1904)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) (1901 - 1904)