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In its simple, original form this was an eye fixed at the bottom of the rudder which fitted over a pintle fixed to the bottom of the sternpost. Another gudgeon and pintle were fitted higher up so that the rudder was secure and free to swing. This allowed the rudder to be lifted off if required. The same basic principle and terminology is still used today in the largest ships.

Jeremy Lines

Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.

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