Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: US Navy ship strikes reef because of incorrect charts
Wow. That's quite a sad picture. Those are my tax dollars there! Obviously, there was a problem with lookout regardless of what charts they were using. Looks as if there would have been sound as well as the white from the break. The water looks like it's really moving. Even on a dark night, if someone was paying attention, should have been able to detect this.
Completely understandable if it was foggy and charts were wrong. It looks like it gets shallow quickly so watching depth may not have helped much other than providing a second or so to say "AW S$^T" before the crunch. These ships must have forward scanning sonar? If so, then there's no excuse.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.