What Is the Appropriate Term for a Ship's Steering Wheel?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 3:13:33 AM ET

The proper term for a ship's steering wheel is helm, although some refer to it as the ship's wheel as well. The wheel is usually connected to a mechanical, electrical or hydraulic system but, in some modern boats, the design uses a simple toggle to remotely control the rudder.

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