Steering the Ship, Continued
RIGHT (LEFT) HARD
Normally equal to 35° of rudder.
COME RIGHT (LEFT) TO
Means to swing the ships head in the direction stated and
steady it on the course given; in this example, 148°. The
order is frequently stated COME RIGHT (LEFT) TO 148°."
Usually given for only a minor change of heading to the
number of degrees specified.
STEADY ON 225°
States the course on which the ships head is to be steadied.
It is normally given while ships head is swinging. You may
use up to 30° of opposite rudder to steady the ship.
Means to increase the rudder angle and is usually ordered
when the conning officer wants the ship to move more
rapidly. May be given as a specific amount such as
increasing to right full rudder.
EASE YOUR RUDDER TO
Signified to reduce the rudder angle. It may be given as
"EASE TO 15° (10° 20° RUDDER" or "EASE YOUR
RUDDER TO RIGHT 15)."
STEADY AS YOU GO
Means to put the rudder on the centerline; no rudder angle.
As a rule, this order is merely "RUDDER AMIDSHIPS!"
Means to check the swing by putting on opposite rudder.
Means to steady the ship on the course it is heading at the
time the order is given. If the ship is swinging at the time,
heading must be noted and the lubbers line brought back to
and steadied on it as soon as possible. The order is also
stated as "STEADY," or "STEADY AS SHE GOES."
SHIFT YOUR RUDDER
Commands you to change to the same number of degrees of
MIND YOUR RUDDER!
opposite rudder angle.
A warning that the ship is going off the course because of bad
NOTHING TO THE RIGHT
Given when the presence of some danger on one side or the
(LEFT) OF (SPECIFIED
other makes it necessary to avoid a set in that direction.
KEEP HER SO
Continue to steer the course you are heading. Usually given
after you state the course you are steering.
MARK YOUR HEAD
A statement to the helmsman. He or she should give the
ships head at the time of the command, for example, "two
seven five, sir."
Reply of conning officer to helmsman, meaning that the
response is understood.