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    Re: square protractors, Titanic
    From: Aubrey O´Callaghan
    Date: 1999 Aug 16, 8:26 AM

    >There was one curious thing I noticed in that movie.  The officer of
    >the deck orders "hard a-starboard", the helmsman turns the wheel
    >counterclockwise in response to the command, and the head of the ship
    >moves to port.  Is all that correct?
    I remember reading about this somewhere. Apparently ships in that period
    had the cable attached such that one turned the the wheel to port to go for
    the ship to go to the right. Perhaps one of the Master Mariners in this
    group might be able to confirm.
    Another snippet of information, apparently when you ask the helmsman
    (helmsperson !) to turn 10 degrees, one should say "right 10 degrees" and
    not "starboard 10 degrees". Port and starboard only refer to the sides of a
    Aubrey O'Callaghan
    Wandrin' Star of Dart
    Rival 38
    Contact: Venezuela,
    Puerto La Cruz
      014 210 4625

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