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Wheelhouse, Thermopylae

Wheelhouse, Thermopylae

Wheelhouse on the cargoliner M/S Thermopylæ, built by Akers Mek. Verksted, Oslo in 1949 for Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg.

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Well, I have a bit of trouble aligning this with a Wilhelmsen cargoliner built two years earlier. First of all, it sems either a bit cramped, or else as if the wheel was brought to port. That may be the warped perspective of the camera lens. But though we had the old style compass and the gyrocompass, what that stuff in the middle with the two dials is, I have no idea. Part of it looks like it might be a rudder indicator, but we had that in front above the glass. Also on the port side were the adjustable numbers for the course wanted steered, and there was a wooden railing that the mate could cling to in heavy weather, both missing here. The radar with a big black cowl was on starboard side, so what that thing that can be seen just below the gyro, seemingly with a metal wheel with spokes attached to it, I cannot figure out either.
 

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A three window wheelhouse... this pic shows her with five https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/390167/title/thermopyl-e6/cat/510

but I suspect there is a window, P&S, outside.......

Oil lamps on the binnacle... sperry autopilot to port with the Sperry gyro repeater on top of it.... Hastie steering gear... hydraulic from the wheel all the way to the steering flat... the gauges would show hydraulic pressure, above that is the rudder indicator...
Several of the first few ships I sailed on had a slightly more modern set up however - when you changed to autopilot - you still had to get down on your hands and knees and open a small bypass valve on one of the hydraulic pipes..

PS.. on the port side of the autopilot... just behind the right hand visible spoke on the autopilot... you can see the bloody great lever used to engage/disengage auto.
 

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What appears to be a near identical Hastie telemotor(?) can be seen here on Frederico C/Royale ... https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/1228085/title/royale/cat/501
and some more info here.. https://ehive.com/collections/5410/objects/659086/ships-helm-and-pedestal-hmas-supply

The little box above the port side binocular box has me intrigued... push button emergency telegraph??
 

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Thanks. The nearly identical ship I was on, the Tourcoing of 1947 had five inside windows and one on each side out on the bridge wings. So this one probably was a bit narrower. The autopilot, btw, never worked in anything but a near dead calm. Therefore the chief-mate who wanted us on the 4-8 watch to work at something the moment the sun was up (before that the law demanded a man at the wheel and one in the bow), quite often had to call us back immediately after having sent us down to wash, chip or paint. This with the bow becoming increasingly indecisive on which way to point.
 

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