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The spindle is bronze, because it is far easier to machine bronze than it is to machine stainless steel, and bronze is almost as strong and far more corrosion resistant than the steel that would normally be used for the spindle in a non-marine situation.
BTW, I agree with Robert—he is right, they are needle bearings, not bushings, but are frozen due to poor, if any, maintenance by the PO.
Varsol or kerosene will work as pretty good solvent. if the winch is still on the boat, then paint the bearings with it or spray it with a penetrating oil, like PB Blaster, and it will loosen up eventually.
If the bearings have been frozen like this, they are probably in dire need of replacement. Hopefully, the races on the spindle and in the drum haven't been scored by the frozen bearings. If they have been scored badly, they may need to be replaced or repaired.
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