SOME THOUGHTS ON DEEPDRAFT SHIPHANDLING
By Captain John V. Noel, USN
After a year of handling this 9,000-ton, single screw, low-powered, lightly loaded merchant-type AKS, I have gained a few impressions which may be of value to others. No particular originality is claimed for these ideas.
The gravest danger to one new to deepdraft and low-powered ships is the temptation to do the impossible. Particularly for an old destroyer sailor is the illusion strong that certain maneuvers can be done when, in fact, a deepdraft ship just cannot turn fast enough or accelerate or decelerate well enough. After scaring myself quite soundly a few times, I learned caution and patience and at the same time acquired a fairly accurate estimate of my ship’s rate of swing, advance and transfer, and backing power.