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What is a Binnacle List and why is it called a Binnacle List?

Binnacle is defined as the stand or housing for the ship's compass located on the bridge. The term binnacle list, in lieu of sick list, originated years ago when ships' corpsmen used to place a list of the sick on the binnacle each morning to inform the captain about the crew's health. After long practice, it came to be called binnacle list.

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A ship's sick-list. A binnacle was the stand on which the ship's compass was mounted.

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