How Long are Helm Orders Maintained?


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Aaron_2016

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When Hichens was ordered "Hard a-starboard" and/or "Hard a-port" does anyone know how long he would have kept the helm hard over after the iceberg had passed? Did the wheel have a lock that allowed the helmsman to let go of the wheel or a spring mechanism that caused the wheel to swing back to a straight helm if he let go of the wheel? Was Hichens ordered to straighten her helm or course after the collision?


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A helmsman would hold the wheel according to the last order given until another order was given to do something else, such as steady on course so and so, or some other helm related order.
 
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Aaron_2016

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Thanks. Is it highly probable that another helm order was given when the Captain entered the bridge after the collision, or when (according to Olliver) the Captain ordered half speed ahead?


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