From Navigating The Seven Seas


To A Coffee Table

In August 2006 a visitor to my web site revealed that he had a ship's wheel reputed to have belonged to HMS Theseus. It had been left to him by his late father who served in the Royal Navy and was Commanding Officer of HMS Sultan, an Engineering Naval Establishment at Portsmouth. Apparently, during refurbishment at the Station, the wheel was about to be scrapped and thrown into a skip, so it was salvaged,  legs were fitted, and made into a coffee table.

The wheel manufactured by MacTaggart Scott & Co Ltd had a reference number stamped on it. Enquiries were made to the manufacturers and their archives searched to reveal that :-

Wheel number ST 5078 was supplied to the ship builder Fairfield at Govan, Glasgow on the 22nd June 1944.The wheel was fitted to the Colossus Class light fleet carrier, HMS Theseus (R64).