What's it take to pilot a floating city? Our man reports from the (simulated) bridge.
By Stephan Wilkinson
Posted 06.14.2002 at 1:28 pm 0 Comments
Ship-handling isn't what it used to be. When I was a seaman aboard already ancient Liberty and Victory ships under a variety of flags ages ago, they were 10,000-plus tons of barely controllable iron: steam-powered floating ingots with polyglot half-wits manning the helm. Sometimes, to give you a measure of the situation, you might even find me steering, a 19-year-old who barely knew a hawser from a hoser.
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