About this objectFloating magnetic compass, encased in oil, from the launch "Stella Maris".
This magnetic compass was used on board the "Stella Maris" owned by the Phillips families, oyster farmers of Port Stephens. It is a navigational instrument for determining direction on the surface of the Earth by means of a magnetic pointer that aligns itself with Earth's magnetic field.
MakerLaman, William and Norman
PeriodMid 20th century
Medium and MaterialsGlass, Brass, Oil
Subject and Association KeywordsFishing - commercial
Subject and Association KeywordsShip building
Subject and Association KeywordsOyster Industry
Subject and Association KeywordsNavigation
Subject and Association KeywordsWorld War II
Subject and Association DescriptionOyster Industry and Ship building in Port Stephens