Evidently changes in the practice of seamanship are taking place at a swift pace. In my work and my lecturing, I find that today’s shipmasters, with and without long experience in command, go about their work in an entirely different manner than I did as a shipmaster in the 1960s.

If a watch officer hears the sound signal of another ship in poor visibility, it is
natural for him to call the master. However, when I ask today’s master what he would do, I am surprised for he does not sound an answering long blast and stop or even slow his ship’s engine.

Full article, ELNAVI, Issue 475-476, July-August 2013, Page.55

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