Well you heard it here first when the Queen of Oak Bay experienced a loss of power and plowed into some boats in Horseshoe Bay, BC. A significant small pin worth about $5.00 fell out and led to no power to the ship. The large ferries get there primary steering
, when pulling into dock
, from their propellers - one in front and one in back. The variable props provide a much more precise change of directions for the ship at slow speeds. So a ship may have "way" but not "steerage way."
of the ship was praised for his bringing the ship in and avoiding the dock
and creating a "smooth" landing by letting it slide into the recreational boat moorage area. If the ferry
had hit the dock many passengers might have been seriously hurt with a "hard" landing. There was much media praise for the Captain
and his bold act.
I can recall
thinking even as I sat at the end of the Sewell's marina jetting looking into the stern of the Oak Bay while assistance was being provided by every local, provincial, and federal agency that the ship in no way could have had steerage. The rudder
is almost useless at one or two knots, hence the requirements for "prop steering
." If the power was gone, the vessel couldn't have had prop steering, thus there was no steerage way.
I told a couple of friends that the Captain couldn't have steered the ship purposely but of course I looked the fool when every paper in the province was praising the Captain for his brazen act of a soft landing. I posted here on my thoughts on the mishap and the lack of steerage. Please don't interpret this to mean I think what the Captain did was wrong; I just knew the Captain could do nothing and was along for the ride after the moment of the power loss; the ship just followed its natural arc
of turning post loss of prop maneuverability.
The report has been released on the accident
and it was confirmed the Captain was along for the ride and was powerless to do anything.
Here is a link to remind you of this accident
. If you look closely you'll see a small tent canopy near the end of the far jetty by the large power boat
. Under that small canopy is a dot which is me, sitting out of the sun watching the "show."