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    Re: QE2 grounding (was: Mercator vs. Great Circle)
    From: Rodney Myrvaagnes
    Date: 2001 Aug 29, 5:15 PM

    The accounts I read in Professional Mariner said the pilot concurred. In any 
    case, the peak has since been surveyed. Training chart
    1210, still used in CG Auxiliary courses, reproduces the old survey, and makes 
    an interesting historical document to compare with the
    new chart.
    
    On Wed, 29 Aug 2001 16:46:30 -0400, Smith_Peter{at}EMC.COM wrote:
    
    >
    >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).
    >
    
    
    Rodney Myrvaagnes                   J36 Gjo/a
    Contributing Editor           Electronic Products
    Curmudgeonhood achieved June 30
    
    

       
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