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Old 20-01-2012, 11:39   #16
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Re: Chart Accuracy and detail comparison

Originally Posted by s/v Beth View Post
There is no doubt the ship hit the rock, or that the rock is in the ship , I think what is interesting is that the company says it was the fault of the navigation system, and that this was secondary to a electric blackout. Are they eventually going to blame it on the GPS?
And, was anybody really paying attention at the helm? Someone who could do a quick running fix, establish their position on a (gasp) paper chart and save the ship??
And don't give me that "they don't need paper charts and a eye compass" crap....
no,really,Newt,in my limited experience,on ships in confined waters I never saw anyone hustling out to the bridgewing to fiddle with a Pelorus....or cast a leadline from the ship's eyes either.There's a feel for the ship and her position in the channel,very similar to boats,but also dependent on the crews' experience and good sense.Most knew exactly where they were by glancing out the wheelhouse windows and I don't know if they needed THAT! even.A Pelorus aint much use in fog,so electronics are pretty handy.By far the Most of the captains and mates I knew would not have been over-bothered by an electronic blackout either.

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