San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Steering the Ship...
He looked down into the compass, if ordered to steer a compass course.
Or he looked alternately at compass and up at a sail (the mizzen royal) when the yards were "close hauled" and he was ordered to steer "by the wind."
At night he might steady the ship on her course by either one of the other of the above methods, and then steer by alignment of a star* with a mast or rigging.
Entering port or narrow waters the helmsman would turn the wheel as ordered by the captain, or by a pilot with local knowledge who came on board to take charge.
For these reasons it did not matter that a charthouse obscured the view of the man at the wheel when he looked ahead. These circumstances also permitted the steering wheel to located at the extreme after end of the ship and directly over the rudder. A simple worm-screw mechanism joined wheel and rudder and caused on to move the other.
* "... and a star to steer her by. " Masefield
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels
Location. 37° 48.6′ N, 122° 25.371′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Hyde Street near Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling north. The helm is aft of the stern of the ship Balclutha, docked at the Hyde Street Pier. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2950 Hyde Street, San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Main Fiferail... (a few steps from this marker); Hicks Engine (a few steps from this marker); Scow Schooner Alma (within shouting distance of this marker); Balclutha (within shouting distance of this marker); The Deckhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Half-Deck (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carpenter Shop... (within shouting distance of this marker); Workin' on the Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.