The U. S. S. Chester and the U. S. S. Des Moines are the only two ships of our navy which are equipped with the Cutler Hamtner system of electric steering. The U. S. S. Montgomery has an electric steering installation, but the principles of its construction differ so radically from the above-mentioned gear that no attempt will be made to describe it. Until very recently the U. S. S. Des Moines was equipped with steam as an auxiliary means of steering, but at the present time she is depending on the electric gear entirely as is also the Chester. This fact, in addition to the successful results obtained from the gear, would seem to indicate that we may reasonably expect to see such installations appear in our future ships, just as we have seen the gradual development of electric turret gear culminate in its present state of perfection.
Steering Men-of-War by Electricity
By Ensign W. A. Edwards, U.S. Navy