Dutchess Tooling Co. WW2 Liberty Ship Steering Station (Helm).
The helmsman in the pilot house steered with a telemotor, a hydraulic device that controlled the ship’s rudder position. A mechanical gear arrangement converted the port or starboard rotational movement of the ship’s wheel to a piston in a hydraulic cylinder.
Many, if not all, of these telemotors were built by a company in Beacon, New York that prior to WWII had made commercial baking machinery. According to the Dutchess Tool Company both the earlier Liberty Ships as well as Victories were fitted with their steering apparatus.
Some Victory Ships had an additional steering position located just above the pilot house. A copper or brass pipe containing hydraulic tubing extended directly upwards from the telemotor through the overhead to the helm on the flying bridge
Ships wheel is 36” Spoke to Spoke
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