A ship’s wheel or boat’s wheel is a device used aboard a water vessel to steer that vessel and control its course. Together with the rest of the steering mechanism, it forms part of the helm.
The square hole at the center of the hub through which the axle ran is called the drive square and made from brass, therefore, called a brass boss, which is frequently etched with the name of the wheel’s manufacturer.
A typical ship’s wheel is composed of eight cylindrical wooden spokes though sometimes as few as six or as many as ten shaped like balusters and all joined at a central Brass Boss
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