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Old 13th March 2013, 17:49
Sailtie Sailtie is offline  
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Himalaya wheelhouse

I am a writer and P&O's Himalaya appears in the book I'm currently writing.
What I would like to know please is: Was the wheel all brass or brass bound wood?
Sounds like a minor detail but I'd like to get it right.
My uncle Harold Masson was QM on the Himalaya in the early 1950's and I visited the ship as a little boy. The scene in the book recreates that day in Tilbury when, as a nine or ten year old I stood behind that wheel.
The Himalaya has a lot to answer for because since that day I wanted nothing other than to go to sea in the Merchant Navy. Which I did but that is another story.
Any help greatly appreciated.
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Old 14th March 2013, 21:29
Scelerat Scelerat is offline  
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Brass bound wood. A colleague where I work sailed on her, as an engineer mind, but that's what he says.
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Old 15th March 2013, 00:30
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I have tried to attach a photo of the Himalaya's bridge taken in the 70's. It shows the ship's wheel. Hope it displays correctly. If not, I will email it to you.

himalaya bridge.jpg
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Old 15th March 2013, 11:25
Sailtie Sailtie is offline  
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Excellent photo Chris. Thanks very much.
Looks like all brass then so that's what I'll go with.
Thanks for taking the trouble Scelerat but looks like your engineer mate is thinking of another ship.
What an excellent board this is.
My website is www.richardmasson.com if you are interested.
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Old 15th March 2013, 11:54
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Looks identical to the wheel from the QUEEN OF BERMUDA. Not surprising, both vessels built at Barrow by Vickers.

The wheel is very simple brass spokes but the 'handles' are wood and also clearly shown in the photos... the midships handle has two grooves cut into it.

The wheel of the QOB was recently acquired by the Royal bermuda Yacht Club. Sadly the wood handles are all missing. I'm told that when she went to the breakers the mates and the QMs took them for souvenirs!
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