1A part of a boat or ship serving as a shelter for the person at the wheel.
- Around 8 a.m. black smoke erupted from the engine room and within three quarters of an hour, the wheelhouse and shelter deck, which went up like an inferno, was gone.
- By 5pm that day, after Mayday calls went unanswered, they were forced to abandon ship, torching the wheelhouse as a last-ditch smoke signal and praying it would be seen.
- In many scenes filmed of the boat under way, McCook or Layton were in the wheelhouse, out of view or in a lower helm station while Clooney drove the boat.
2 Archaeology A stone-built circular house with inner partition walls radiating like the spokes of a wheel, found in western and northern Scotland and dating chiefly from about 100 bc to ad 100.
- It is apparent from the main concentrations of brochs and wheelhouses on Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles, that the islands were where people were innovating new styles and building techniques.
- Only the base and the edges of the wheelhouse walls are left.
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