automatic pilot

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A device fitted to ships by which they are held on any desired course without the need of anyone on the steering wheel. Any variation from the set course automatically supplies power to the steering engine so that the helm is put over and the vessel brought back to its correct course. In most systems the automatic pilot is actuated by a gyroscopic compass so that the course steered is a true one.

See also steering gear.

See also steering gear.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.

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