A ship's wheel from th W.F. Babcock American, circa 1880
in mahogany, with a laminated wheel supported by ten (10) baluster turned spokes with club handles [one missing], and the center hub in wood. 68 in.(172 cm.) diameter.
The schooner W. F. Babcock was a wooden-hulled, schooner-rigged barge launched in 1882 at Bath, Maine by A. Sewall and Company. She was acquired by the U.S. Navy for service in World War I. Given Id. No. 1239 and commissioned on 8 November 1917, W. F. Babcock operated as a coastal collier through the end of World War I.