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The Early History of the Steering Wheel

By John H. Harland

the wheel to activate a ship’s rudder via the tiller came into use in the early 1700’s, in England, France and later Venetia. The essential problem was to translate the rotary motion of the rope via the ship’s wheel to a linear one that moved the tiller in an arc. The chronology and solutions to this problem, which may have been initially influenced by the “rocking beam” of Newcomen’s steam engine, are described by the author. Examples are illust… Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design