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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.
Burns, after having obtained from me a solemn promise to give him a kick if anything happened, went frankly to sleep on the deck close to the binnacle. Convalescents need sleep.
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.
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. He felt chilled more than he should have been by the chilly dusk falling on the muddy green sea of the soundings from a smoothly clouded sky.
But Louis took and gave a spoke and gazed imperturbably into the binnacle.
"What is it?" I asked in a deadened voice, taking the lighted lamp out of the binnacle, and raising it to his face.
"Yes," I said, replacing the lamp in the binnacle. The warm, heavy tropical night closed upon his head again.
The twin helm binnacles are integrated into the cockpit bulkheads while allowing ample space for crew to pass between, to the electric fold-down transom swim platform.
Inside, white backlit dials sit in recessed, individual binnacles behind a three-spoke steering wheel.
The design team affectionately nicknamed them 'binnacles', an old nautical term for a box on the deck of a ship, generally mounted in front of the helmsman, in which navigational instruments are placed for quick and easy reference.
Twin glass roof panels flank the central overhead console and the main instruments take the form of a pair of orange illuminated transparent foil dials in individual binnacles.
The instrument panel features silver binnacles and black dials.