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Re: US Navy ship strikes reef because of incorrect charts
Just a WAG here, but it may have gone like this... (totally fictional)
USS Minesponge, South Pacific Exiting Subic Bay, P.I. 0300
Ship's heading: 090
OOW: "Helmsman, come right to 080 degrees"
Helmsman: (Realizing the OOW would not want to turn a full circle while transiting a reef and meant to say come LEFT) "Orders to the helm, sir...."
OOW: (One year out of USNA, already picturing the star on his collar) "I SAID, come right to 080 degrees"
Helmsman: (Cutting a glance to BMOW) "Orders to the helm, sir!"
OOW: (now extremely irritated that he is being questioned by an enlisted man) "COME RIGHT, SAILOR, TO 080! THAT IS AN ORDER!"
Helmsman: "080 degrees, aye. Coming RIGHT to 080 degrees, SIR"
OOW: "YOU'RE COMING ABOUT! YOU'RE COMING ABO..."
Helmsman: "Aye sir. Coming about as ordered to RIGHT to 080 DEGREES, SIR!"
(ship's alarm) Doo-Doo-Doot! Doo-Doo-Doot! ALL HANDS, BRACE FOR COLLISION. ALL HANDS, BRACE FOR COLLISION.
Boatswain's Mate of the Watch: "Sir, shall I wake the skipper?"
Kind of like this?