Rare WWII compass find among RNLI jumble

A rare World War Two compass has been found among jumble donations given to Exmouth RNLI. The compass has attracted attention from collectors in America.

A rare and collectable World War Two compass donated to Exmouth RNLI’s boat jumble has attracted interest from America.

Volunteers sorting through the hoard of boat jumble, held on Sunday May 8, spotted two rare and collectable compasses among the donations.

After consulting the Compass Museum about their finds, the RNLI discovered one of the compasses was likely to have been used in World War Two.

Exmouth lifeboat crew member Roger Jackson, who organises the annual boat jumble, said: “‘We were more than surprised to find the two compasses, which have kindly been donated, along with a host of other boat bits and pieces people have found in their garage or sheds.


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“Despite not being experts, we knew straight away that they were special and consulted the Compass Museum.

“It turns out one is an Air Ministry Pilot’s Compass, Type P8, manufactured in 1937 that would have been used in World War Two fighter planes like the Spitfire, Hurricane and Tiger moths.

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“It’s a collectable item and as a result we’ve already had some bids from as far away as the USA.

“We also found a Steward Manufactured, turn of the century marching compass. Again this is a collectable bit of history. It’s in great condition and still has its original leather pouch.”

Both compasses, along with other donated marine jumble will be available to buy from the Exmouth RNLI Boat jumble between 9am-12pm on Sunday May 8.

RNLI sea safety advisers will be offering a free lifejacket checks to help seafarers enjoy a safe summer on the water.

Those who can’t make it to the boat jumble, but would still like to find out more information, or bid on either of the compasses, can contact Roger on 07770 583 235.

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