Bittacles and Binnacles

By D.W. Waters, published August 1955


A long and detailed piece on the emergence of the word Binnacle from the word Bittacle which was in earlier use. As well as tracing the etymology of the words, the author describes how the bittacle/binnacle was used and how it developed, its different forms and the reasons for different positions on ships.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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