Wheels of HMVS Nelson & HMVS Cerberus

Wheel of HMVS Nelson

Manning the Wheel - 1898

The Australasian, 9 April 1898. Photo sponsored by Vera Keys.

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On the Quarterdeck of the Nelson - 1883

The Argus, 4 October 1941 (Mr. P. J. Shern, Mooney Ponds)

Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria
The main wheel from Nelson (above) is on display at the Geelong Maritime Museum courtesy of the National Trust.

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Wheel of HMVS Cerberus

Although only one man is at the Cerberus manual wheel in this staged photo, it actually took ten men to operate the wheel. When steam steering was installed on Cerberus is 1876 only two men, as in the photo below, were required to steer the ship.
Photographed on 19 Sept 1896 by Wilfrid Grimwade aged 16. courtesy of Wilfrid Russell Grimwade collection, University of Melbourne Archives, Image ID: UMA/I/3027

The Australasian, 28 May 1898. Photo sponsored by Robert Lawson.

So soon as lunch was over she (Cerberus) was made to exhibit her steering powers. These are so extraordinarily great, that she was not only able to turn round within her own length, but to steam close round the Nelson, almost describing a parallelogram as she did so, the angles defined by her wake were so well defined.

The Argus, 29 Sept 1871

The manual wheel from Cerberus and a second wheel from Nelson are on display at the Museum of HMAS Cerberus.