Crow's Nests


Robert T. Paige

Just a question.
Do any ships still have Crow's Nests or did they go out with RADAR ?

I remember an old Navy joke.
The best radars in the Navy are the "SE" model radars.
"Sailor's Eyes"
Modern freighters have crows nests on short masts near the bow. From what I've seen, they are not normally manned. They may be handy in some circumstances, as the view from the bridge on these ships is limited, even if they comply with regulations about stacking containers.

Cruise ships have no crows nests because the bridge is very high and quite near the bow.