binnacle

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a nonmagnetic housing for a ship's compass (usually in front of the helm)

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Back and peering into the binnacle, he listened vainly for another wail from Jerry in the hope of verifying his first hasty bearing.
Konig, surreptitiously consulting chart and binnacle, and McCoy, openly and innocently consulting the binnacle, knew that they were running for Hao Island.
Despite the fact that the wind was now astern, the heat was so intense that Captain Davenport was compelled to steal sidelong glances into the binnacle, letting go the wheel now with one hand, now with the other, to rub or shield his blistering cheeks.
At last he fastened his eyes on the compass card, took refuge, in spirit, inside the binnacle.
But Louis took and gave a spoke and gazed imperturbably into the binnacle.
He was said to be paying his addresses to Lady Jane Sheepshanks, Lord Southdown's third daughter, and whose sister, Lady Emily, wrote those sweet tracts, "The Sailor's True Binnacle," and "The Applewoman of Finchley Common.
The steering-gear leaked steam, and in the confined space the glass of the binnacle made a shiny oval of light in a thin white fog.
The steam gear clattered, stopped, clattered again; and the helmsman's eyeballs seemed to project out of a hungry face as if the compass card behind the binnacle glass had been meat.
The hurricane boomed, shaking the little place, which seemed air-tight; and the light of the binnacle flickered all the time.
The binnacles have space aplenty for plotters and electronics and are well outboard, allowing ease of access to the wide transom.
Return air is drawn back from the concourse levels via the binnacles and exhaust air is discharged through the baggage-handling area, where it exfiltrates out through the many openings accommodating the beltways.
The experience is pleasant for the driver too with race-style binnacles housing the main instruments and a simple, easy-to-use interface.