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 for To right the helm
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Right \Right\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Righted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Righting.] [AS. rihtan. See Right, a.]
     1. To bring or restore to the proper or natural position; to
        set upright; to make right or straight (that which has
        been wrong or crooked); to correct.
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     2. To do justice to; to relieve from wrong; to restore rights
        to; to assert or regain the rights of; as, to right the
        oppressed; to right one's self; also, to vindicate.
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              So just is God, to right the innocent. --Shak.
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              All experience hath shown that mankind are more
              disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than
              to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which
              they are accustomed.                  --Jefferson.
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     To right a vessel (Naut.), to restore her to an upright
        position after careening.
     To right the helm (Naut.), to place it in line with the
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Helm \Helm\, n. [OE. helme, AS. helma rudder; akin to D. & G.
     helm, Icel. hj[=a]lm, and perh. to E. helve.]
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     1. (Naut.) The apparatus by which a ship is steered,
        comprising rudder, tiller, wheel, etc.; -- commonly used
        of the tiller or wheel alone.
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     2. The place or office of direction or administration. "The
        helm of the Commonwealth." --Melmoth.
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     3. One at the place of direction or control; a steersman;
        hence, a guide; a director.
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              The helms o' the State, who care for you like
              fathers.                              --Shak.
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     4. [Cf. Helve.] A helve. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
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     Helm amidships, when the tiller, rudder, and keel are in
        the same plane.
     Helm aport, when the tiller is borne over to the port side
        of the ship.
     Helm astarboard, when the tiller is borne to the starboard
     Helm alee, Helm aweather, when the tiller is borne over
        to the lee or to the weather side.
     Helm hard alee, Helm hard aport, Helm hard astarboard,
        etc., when the tiller is borne over to the extreme limit.
     Helm port, the round hole in a vessel's counter through
        which the rudderstock passes.
     Helm down, helm alee.
     Helm up, helm aweather.
     To ease the helm, to let the tiller come more amidships, so
        as to lessen the strain on the rudder.
     To feel the helm, to obey it.
     To right the helm, to put it amidships.
     To shift the helm, to bear the tiller over to the
        corresponding position on the opposite side of the vessel.
        --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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