Originally Posted by TeddyDiver
But it does as with the presumed uncertainty of celestial navigation
and dead reckoning keeps you more alert of the surroundings, anyway what comes to other vessels. Wonder what makes a Navy
ship to do "crazy Ivan" over TSZ without lookout? Bad charts
and no fix of course are hazard waiting to happen..
So we should use an inferior form of navigation to make us more alert to other vessels that could be a collision
Seems that spending more time focusing on radar
skills, rules of the road, and proper watch keeping would be the best way to minimize the risk of collisions, but hey what do I know. I guess in some crazy alternate universe up is down and purposely handicapping your situational awareness and requiring you to be heads down doing nav calculations for significant time periods makes collisions less likely?
I had the unique experience of having to use celestial nav exclusively on the Eagle (295' Barque) and using modern nav tools as OOD on several Coast Guard cutters. Curious what your experience as an OOD on a large ship relying on celestial navigation in crowded seas has been to lead you to the opposite conclusion as me?