I found it here in Maine and suspect it was last used aboard a lobster boat.
This unusual little wheel may have once graced a little steam launch. I found it here in Maine and suspect it was last used aboard a lobster boat.
It has five grips and is only 11 inches (28 cm) across the grips. It still has the spool for the tiller rope and its mounting plate on the back.
I have cleaned the facing side of the wheel to show its burnished bronze finish. I rarely find these small, functional wheels. The wood grips are in good condition and are attached with heavy bronze bolts.