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What's it like to steer a large ship.  Or any ship.  

And what are the lag times for changing course?  Have wondered about that at times.

"Yeah keep your eyes on the road your hands upon the wheel"  Sort of.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 21, 2007) - Boatswain's Mate Seaman Chris Baker stands helmsman watch on the bridge aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). As helmsman, Baker is responsible for steering the ship. Kitty Hawk is entering her third month of a summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kyle D. Gahlau

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Nice photo. What are the grease pencil notes on the compass rose?
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Only a helmsman would know.   I guess.  Last known bearing?  Combination to Medical Liquor Locker?  Foreign phone number?  Sports statistic?

 I'm getting a headache!  

Golly!

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