It usually is located on top of the largest deck (the texas deck) or highest deck. The steering wheel or helm, compass, engine order telegraph, and chart table are located here. On many ships, especially military and cruise ships, the pilothouse is considerably larger and combined with a number of other control structures as part of the ship's bridge.
Pilothouses may also be a feature of smaller vessels.
- Bridge (nautical)
- Wheelhouse - other uses of the term
- Dodge B Series - Dodge B-series pilot-house trucks from 1948 to 1953
- Twain, Mark; Clemens, Samuel L. (2000). Life on the Mississippi. Mineola, NY: Dover. ISBN 978-0-486-41426-3. Chapter 4:"She is long and sharp and trim and pretty; she has two tall, fancy-topped chimneys, with a gilded device of some kind swung between them; a fanciful pilot-house, a glass and 'gingerbread', perched on top of the 'texas' deck behind them;"
- Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language. Cleveland and New York: World Publishing Company. 1973.wheelhouse n.