DISCUSSIONS, COMMENTS, NOTES
Pathfinder of the Seas
Lieutenant Commander G. Rawson, Royal Australian Navy.—The big ships are back on their seasonal North Atlantic tracks again. Right through the fall and winter Atlantic traffic will keep to its allotted lanes, except when and if ice conditions are reported necessitating a divergence. All the big passenger liner companies—American, British, French, Dutch, and others—conform to these route directions and have given public notice in the newspapers accordingly.
The west-bound track is as follows:
From the Irish coast along the Great Circle to cross the meridian of 50° West in 43° N., thence to south of the Nantucket or Boston lightship.
The east bound track:
From position 40° 10' N. and 70° W. to cross the meridian of 50° West in 42° N., and thence by great circle to the Irish coast.
By adopting this simple and logical method of routing the east and west-bound traffic across the North Atlantic in two broad lanes, the risk of collision has been almost entirely eliminated and the safety of life at sea has been greatly increased.