noun, plural pilothouses [pahy-luht-hou-ziz] . Nautical.
an enclosed structure on the deck of a ship from which it can be navigated.
Also called wheelhouse.

1840–50, Americanism; pilot + house

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To the hull will be added ventilators, smoke stacks and pilothouse.
The searchlight beam is faintly visible pointing aft from atop her pilothouse.
As she lifted to the swell the chain tightened and snapped, its short end
  whipping up and winding around the pilothouse.
The upper deck and pilothouse roof are surrounded by a simple pipe rail.
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