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    QE2 grounding (was: Mercator vs. Great Circle)
    From: Richard B. Emerson
    Date: 2001 Aug 29, 4:06 PM

    Rodney's right, the QE2 grounding was not a GPS error or trusting to
    (incorrect) instruments.  Also, it's the "Rude" (actually the [Given
    name something] Rude, pronounced "Roody" as I found when I spoke her
    last summer off Block Island).  I think the ship's named after a
    geographer or oceanographer but I wouldn't care to bet on that.
    
    Rick
    S/V One With The Wind, Baba 35
    
    Smith_Peter{at}EMC.COM writes:
     > Rodney Myrvaagnes [mailto:rodneym{at}ATTGLOBAL.NET] said:
     > > Please, Rick. You larger point is well taken, but you are confusing
     > > the QE2 with other vessels that did what you said. The QE2 was
     > > another problem entirely.
     > >
     > > The one that grounded off Nantucket was doing automatic ded reckoning
     > > almost all the way from Bermuda, because nobody looked at the computer.
     > > I feel pretty sure it started blinking as soon as the GPS > became
     > disconnected.
     >
     > Actually, I think Rodney is thinking of the _Royal Majesty_ which went
     > aground on the Nantucket Shoals in June 1995 due to an unnoticed GPS
     > failure.
     >
     > The _QE2_ nicked the ground in August 1992 near Sow and Pigs Reef at
     > the entrance of Vineyard Sound (west of Martha's Vineyard which is west
     > of Nantucket). What made it worse was that they knew exactly where
     > they were and overruled the local pilot. The pilot suggested a course
     > that kept them in deep water, but the captain was trying to make up
     > time and chose to cut the corner, believing the charted depth (39 feet
     > from the 1939 survey) to be sufficient (_QE2_ draws 32 feet).
     >
     > After the incident, the US Coast Guard dispatched the survey vessel
     > _RULE_ to re-survey the area. In keeping with current practice, the
     > rock they found (with the QE2's bottom paint on it) was provisionally
     > named "Rule's Ledge", but locals are lobbying to get it named "The
     > Queen's Bottom".
     >
     >  -- Peter
    

       
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