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Old 08-15-2008, 01:08 PM
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That is a worn out leather pad from the brakes on the steam steering rig on the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE.

There are two of them and they are mounted on 2x4's under the pilothouse. They operate by pedals on either side of the wheel and by stepping on the pedal, they clamp just like modern car disc brakes on the pilotwheel. The grooves you see are the facing of the wheel (or an impression of one burned into the pad) where it has cut through the leather.

From the cut on the top of the pad...looks like the one from the front of the wheel...cause on the back it is a perfect rectangle.

Somewhere in my collectibles I have at least one if not more of these.

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