Nautical Instruments

While electronic navigation chart advances are an important milestone in the science of nautical navigation, many mariners carry on the traditions associated with navigation by plotting a position and a course on a paper nautical chart. They accomplish this task using traditional marine navigation tools, including: compasses, chart dividers, rulers, protractors, sextants, chart plotters, binoculars, chronometers, star finders, and more.

Most large commercial ships use electronic navigation methods as they are required under the SOLAS convention to use ECDIS as the primary means of navigation. However, many navigation officers and smaller, recreational vessels continue to work with traditional nautical charts to navigate and plot their courses using the same basic, yet ingenious, nautical tools used by ocean-sailing mariners for centuries. It is important that mariners remain knowledgeable on the use of these navigation tools in case the need arises to use paper nautical charts. It is good seamanship for mariners to know how to use these nautical tools work and to pass on that information to the next generation. 

High-quality modern nautical tools also make great gifts for anyone with a love of maritime history. Any sailor who uses traditional navigation techniques would appreciate receiving these items as a gift. 

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  • $44.95
    Any of our brass or chrome instruments with a base size up to 5.75 inches look stunning mounted to this 7 inch round Mahogany finished wood plaque.  
  • $199.95 $259.95
    This Mahogany finish ship clock base has round brass feet and elegantly displays any instrument from the Weems & Plath Anniversary Collection. A special design feature allows the ship's bell chime to resonate from the clock so the sound is heard clearly. The keyhole in rear of the ship clock ...
  • $126.98 $155.99
    With its lacquered mahogany finish, this beautiful wood citation plaque enhances the display of two brass or chrome instruments. The plaque can be mounted horizontally on a wall or boat bulkhead. Instruments sold separately For two instruments with bases up to 6.5 inches (165 mm) diameter United...
  • $199.95
    This polished brass quartz clock and barometer set comes mounted on a solid wood mahogany finish base. The Commodore's Set is an ideal size for a desk or tabletop presentation. A blank brass plate for personalization is included. N battery and instructions included Lifetime warranty
  • $39.95 $63.95
    The Weems & Plath® mantle bases provide an attractive and functional way to display your clock and fine nautical instruments. All of our clock bases are hand crafted of the finest woods, then finished to an elegant luster. Each base has a fin...
  • $79.95
    These clock bases are lovely with a mahogany finish. The clock bases are designed to hold the Atlantis or Martinique clocks. Dimensions:   4" x 18" (102 x 457 mm) Weight:   2 lbs 13 oz (1276 g)  
  • $122.98 $151.99
    With its lacquered mahogany finish, this beautiful large wood plaque enhances the display of two brass and chrome instruments either vertically or horizontally on a wall or boat bulkhead. Instruments sold separately For two instruments with base dimensions up to 6.5 inches (165 mm) diameter
  • $49.95 $59.95
    This single mahogany finished wood clock base is used with any instrument from the Orion collection. The beautiful brass instruments look stunning mounted in this cradle type clock base.
  • $64.95
    This wood clock base has a mahogany finish. The wood clock base can display an Atlantis or Martinique instrument. Dimensions:   4" x 9 1/2" (102 x 241 mm) Weight:   1 lb 5 oz (596 g)
  • $69.95 $82.95
    This mahogany finished clock base with a high back panel can display an Atlantis or Martinique instrument.The clock base is an elegant way to display the stately instruments. Dimensions:   4" x 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" (102 x 241 x 191 mm) Weight:   2 lbs (907 g)
  • $54.95 $59.99
    This black finished wood base beautifully displays the Endurance II 105 chrome instruments on your mantle, desk or bookshelf.   Black felt-lined bottom  Made in the USA Also available in mahogany finish (105SM)
  • $54.95 $59.99
    This mahogany finished wood base beautifully displays the Endurance II 105 chrome instruments on our mantle, desk or bookshelf.  Black felt-lined bottom  Made in the USA Also available in black finish (105SB)
  • $64.95 $69.99
    This black finished wood base beautifully displays the Endurance II 115 chrome instruments on your mantle, desk or bookshelf.   Black felt-lined bottom  Made in the USA Also available in mahogany finish (115SM)
  • $69.95 $79.99
    This black finished wood base beautifully displays the Endurance II 135 chrome instruments on our mantle, desk or bookshelf.  Black felt-lined bottom Made in the USA Also available in mahogany finish (135SM)
  • $69.95 $79.99
    This mahogany finished wood base beautifully displays the Endurance II 135 brass instruments on your mantle, desk or bookshelf.  Black felt-lined bottom Made in the USA Also available in black finish (135SB)
  • $64.95 $69.99
    This mahogany finished wood base beautifully displays the Endurance II 115 chrome instruments on your mantle, desk or bookshelf.   Black felt-lined bottom  Made in the USA Also available in black finish (115SB)