Steering the Ship... Historical

Steering the Ship... Historical (HM1X7M)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94109 San Francisco County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 48.6', W 122° 25.371'

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The helmsman, standing behind the wheel of the a sailing ship seldom looked ahead.

He looked down into the compass, if ordered to steer a compass course.

Or he looked alternately at compass and up at a sail (the mizzen royal) when the yards were "close hauled" and he was ordered to steer "by the wind."

At night he might steady the ship on her course by either one of the other of the above methods, and then steer by alignment of a star* with a mast or rigging.

Entering port or narrow waters the helmsman would turn the wheel as ordered by the captain, or by a pilot with local knowledge who came on board to take charge.

For these reasons it did not matter that a charthouse obscured the view of the man at the wheel when he looked ahead. These circumstances also permitted the steering wheel to located at the extreme after end of the ship and directly over the rudder. A simple worm-screw mechanism joined wheel and rudder and caused on to move the other.

* "... and a star to steer her by. " Masefield
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HM NumberHM1X7M
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, March 10th, 2017 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 550802 N 4184891
Decimal Degrees37.81000000, -122.42285000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 48.6', W 122° 25.371'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 48' 36" N, 122° 25' 22.26" W
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Area Code(s)415, 510, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2976-2988 Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco CA 94109, US
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