from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In shipbuilding, an engine for moving the rudder and steering by steam, hydraulic, or electric power on large steamers.
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The powerful steering-engine in the stern ground the rudder over; but before three degrees on the compass card were traversed by the lubber's-point, a seeming thickening of the darkness and fog ahead resolved itself into the square sails of a deep-laden ship, crossing the _Titan's_ bow, not half her length away.
The Wreck of the Titan or, Futility Morgan Robertson 1888
It was merely a governor, which admitted steam to the steering-engine, and there was no resisting pressure to guide him; but a helm indicator showed him the changed position of the rudder, and, on looking ahead, he found that she answered the wheel; also, on looking to starboard, he found that he had barely escaped collision with the _Montrose_, whose fire he had been masking, to the scandal of the admiral and the _Montrose's_ officers.
"Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea Morgan Robertson 1888
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