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If you wanna build accurate ships then you should remember few things- one of them is steering mechanism- classic ship's wheel is surprisingly modern- it was used in big ships during the early 18th century- possibly late 17th century but first accounts are 1710 or so- befire that ships were steered not by wheel helm but lever called tiller- Sebesus i guess i was wrong when i said my galleon doesnt have a tiller- it is possible called tiller even if it's directly attached to rudder as in my galleon- i thought "tiller" is separate lever usually vertical (like in my dutch vessel-Rotterdam) - that kind of mechanism became common during the late 16th and early 17th century and was used in most ship during the time of pirates.... later during the time of Blackbeard and the last pirates of the golden age 1720s-1730s or so wheel was common i big ships- like possibly Queen Anne's Revenge but still most ships were steered by tiller.....

but historically accurate 16th century galleon cannot have a wheel and i've seen cross-section of galleon showing tiller like my Santa Magdalena has....
| June 19, 2011, 4:14 am
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I see, you see I was looking it up since I learned that the real ship that plays the Interceptor in POTC actually has a tiller instead of a steering wheel. For the movie they probably changed it because it looks cooler.
I watched the movie again and I noticed the tiller is still there, technically they're steering nothing in the movie :P

Anyway, when ships became bigger longer tillers/levers were needed to steer the ship.
On a certain moment they became to long and that's when they developped a mechanism with the steering wheel.
there's still a lever but it is connected to a mechanism (which I will seek out one of these days) to reduce the needed strenght (bigger torque)

I think the term tiller is kind of a synonym for lever
| June 19, 2011, 5:36 am
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