General view of the after deck, showing the characteristic Zulu horizontal wheel, and the open cabin companionway at right.|
The wheel was cut from solid brass, pierced and filed to shape, and the turned brass handles were silver-soldered on.
The heavy timber behind the wheel is the after thwart, which gives rigidity to the hull at this point. Right behind the thwart is the 'steering stump', a roughly-cut section of log used as a seat by the helmsman.
On the deck in the foreground is a snatch-block, a steel single block which could be opened on one side to allow a rope to be dropped over the sheave, rather than having to thread it through. This block was to take the fall (loose end) of the mizzen sheet to the capstan, and kept the rope from fouling anything.