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Steering the Ship, Continued Helm  Order Action RIGHT (LEFT) HARD Normally  equal  to  35°  of  rudder. RUDDER COME RIGHT (LEFT) TO Means  to  swing  the  ship’s  head  in  the  direction  stated  and 148° steady  it  on  the  course  given;  in  this  example,  148°.  The order  is  frequently  stated  “COME  RIGHT  (LEFT)  TO  148°." STEER 190° Usually  given  for  only  a  minor  change  of  heading  to  the number  of  degrees  specified. STEADY ON 225° States  the  course  on  which  the  ship’s  head  is  to  be  steadied. It  is  normally  given  while  ship’s  head  is  swinging.  You  may use  up  to  30°  of  opposite  rudder  to  steady  the  ship. INCREASE  YOUR Means  to  increase  the  rudder  angle  and  is  usually  ordered RUDDER 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 (SPECIFIED)  DEGREES "EASE  TO  15°  (10°  20°  RUDDER"  or  "EASE  YOUR RUDDER  TO  RIGHT  15)." RUDDER  AMIDSHIPS MEET HER 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  lubber’s  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 steering. 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. HEADING) 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 ship’s  head  at  the  time  of  the  command,  for  example,  "two seven  five,  sir." VERY WELL Reply  of  conning  officer  to  helmsman,  meaning  that  the response  is  understood. 11-12

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