I’ve tuned in to a History International show that says a ship ‘appeared to be acting under starboard helm’. The narrator said that in the 19th Century turning the wheel to starboard actually moves the ship in the opposite direction.
This is true if your vessel is steered with a tiller. Pushing the tiller starboard turns the vessel to ports, anc vice versa. But the ship they’re showing has a wheel, and I’ve assumed that tillers on ships had been superceded by wheels about a hundred years earlier.
Question: Does ‘acting under starboard helm’ really mean what they said it meant?