We're racing through history!
ive never seen that kind of wheel on a vintage boat it might be for a turbine boat but i think most of the turbine boats have quick release racing type steering wheels im not a expert but you could bring it to the museum or go to david williams the director of the museums page and ask him about it, he is a walking encyclopedia of race boat knowledge
Looks like someone is pulling your tail young man. give it back and call it a day. some people are very crude.