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Original 44 frigates' ship wheel


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'k, thanx!

I probably misinterpreted the reference...

In "Constitution Close Up: Minutiae for the Modeler and Artist" by Cmdr Tyrone G. Martin, U.S. Navy (retired}, he writes "1804 - Ship fitted with single wheel. [Quarter Bill, American Antiquarian Society.] Inferred from the fact that the bill provides for only two men on the wheel." And then

"Feb 1809 - Ship fitted with double wheel. [Midshipman John M. Funck Quarter Bill, USSCM.] Inferred from the fact that four men are provided for the wheel."

Maybe the ship's wheel was damaged and they had to use a single until proper repairs were made...?

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A ship of 1500 tons would need enough 'spoke-space', if you will, for four men in rough weather, if needed. A single wheel wouldn't give enough purchase for a ship of the USS Constitution's class. She displaced nearly enough water as a British 74. 

 

The USS Wasp of 1806, however, is thought to have had a single wheel, but she was only 500 tons.

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