An instrument used by mariners to point out the course of a ship at sea. It consists of a magnetized steel bar called the “needle,” attached to the under side of a card, upon which are drawn the points of the compass, and supported by a fine pin, upon which it turns freely In a horizontal plane. COMPASSING 232 COMPETENCY

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