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HMS Victory - Steering Wheel and Coach Houses

Here we can see some of the quarterdeck of HMS Victory, specifically the 'steering wheel area' in circa 1794:

The steering wheel of HMS Victory - with her coach houses, captain's dining cabin, fire buckets and 12-pounder cannons.
The steering wheel of HMS Victory - with her coach houses, captain's dining cabin, fire buckets and 12-pounder cannons.

This was an important area of HMS Victory, as it was the primary position from which HMS Victory was steered. The steering wheel, would be operated by several men - with more men 'being required' in stormy seas. The steering wheel's central-shaft had a rope 'wrapped around it' with both ends passing through into the decks beneath. 'Rope and Pulley plus Tiller' technology then converted the turning of the steering wheel, into the 'turning of the rudder' (in later generation warships, gears are used for this conversion). The 'windowed rooms' located on the left and right of the steering wheel are the 'coach houses' - which were used by senior officers (as working spaces). The area located behind the steering wheel is the captain's dining cabin (which was located just forward of his day cabin). Above the steering wheel's roof, is a 'hanging line' of small firefighting buckets - as fire was a 'constant worry' for any sailor aboard 'a wooden' ship of the line (especially at night, when oil lanterns were used as a light source). Three of HMS Victory's 12-pounder cannons are also visible (two lower-left and one middle-right) which being located on the quarterdeck - would have been exposed to the elements.

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HMS Victory - Steering Wheel and Coach Houses