Nautical instruments

Celestial Globe – Hughes, London, 1975 HMS Endurance, antartic ice patrol vessel

Making position by observation of stars is done at twilight. With partly cloudy skies it can be difficult to find the right stars.

This star globe helps with it. In the lid there is a paper label with instructions for use.

The wooden deck box of mahogany is dovetailed. On the front two clasps for locking with a safety device against unforeseen opening. The box contains two pencils.

The globe is in very good condition and mounted in a brass meridian circle. The brass horizon circle carries an azimuth ring with four vertical quadrants and four cursors.

The accompanying paper indicates that this globe has belonged tot the HMS Endurance, pennant number A171, named after Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance, which served as the British Antartic ice patrol vessel from 1967 to 1991.


Catalogue: NM.6-19
Date: 1975
HWD case: 28×26.5×26.5 cm
D globe: 18 cm
Globe signed: STAR GLOBE, Kelvin & Hughes, Epoch 1975
Horizon signed: R/7429/BHS
Origin: England
Condition: complete and very good condition, wear consistent with age and use

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