winch wheel for steamer
History- this item may have been brought from where the steamer hulk (Prince of Wales) lies. It was used for pulling rope, possibly for an anchor or to tow the boat into shore. Description- metal piece of equipment, now brown with oxidation. It has two wheels joined together by a crank shaft. A spool is attached to one wheel. The wheels are spoked. This winch wheel was used during the Gold Rush period.
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