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Mechanical steering

Mechanical steering systems for ships, also known as steering gears, are vital mechanisms for navigation at sea. These devices consist of a tiller or steering wheel connected to a system of cables and pulleys that allow the steering of the ship. Seafarers use the tiller to change the direction of the boat by turning the wheel. Mechanical steering can be operated manually or automatically via an autopilot system. Regular maintenance of the steering gear is crucial for safe and efficient navigation. Errors or failures in the system can have disastrous consequences for the vessel and its crew.