This is a stunning solid brass steering station with wooden ship’s wheel. A ship’s wheel is a device used aboard a water vessel to change that vessel’s course. Together with the rest of the steering mechanism, it forms part of the helm. A ship’s wheel is composed of wooden spokes shaped like spindels, and all joined at a central wooden hub or nave which houses the axle. Each spoke runs through the middle “felloe,” creating a series of handles beyond the wheel’s rim. One of these spokes was usually crafted with extra grooves at its tip to allow the helmsman to feel the steering mechanism in the dark and to determine the exact position of the rudder.
The steering station pedestal is solid brass. The steering station pedestal is 34.5 inches high with a 10 inch diameter. The top of the pedastal has an arrow that moves when the wheel is turned. The top is marked: Left 5|4|3|2|1|0|1|2|3|4|5 Right. The wood wheel has 8 turned spokes with a solid brass hub. The Wheel diameter is 48 inches. The felloe, inner ring where the spokes are attached, diameter is measures 37.5 inches. The brass barrel in the center measures 8 inches. The spokes plus the handles measure 20 inches. The entire unit stands 57 inches at its highest. It is mounted to a rectangular piece of wood, that is made from salvaged wooden boat deck. The base measures 24 inches long by 20 inches wide by 3 inches high.
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