A few manufacturers still supply these pretty little wheels with their boats.
In the early years of modern yachting, from around 1910 to1920, pleasure sailors loved the little ships wheels that were made for the new, motor-powered yachts. The fancy turnings of the spokes and the fine tapers of the grips were pleasing additions to the wood paneling of the boats.
A few manufacturers still supply these pretty little wheels with their boats. Our example is typical of the style and that can be seen today. Measuring only 17 inches across, it is one of the smallest of its type and is probably 50 or 60 years old.
It has a brass hub with a bit of chrome plating still evident. It is made for a one-inch, tapering to a three-quarter inch, shaft. It is still tight and good for a replacement in a restored classic vessel.