A thing that is somehow less than satisfactory

I had a guided tour of a research vessel a couple of weeks ago. While on the bridge I looked for the wheel. You know, the traditional brass bound wooden one that they have on ships. They do, don’t they?

Sadly, not any more. Not on the good ship Celtic Explorer.

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This is all you get. A little plastic knob which tells the autopilot where to go. Other ships have a joystick or (horrors!) a mouse.

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