MANEUVERING BOARD OR RADAR PLOTTING SHEET?

Capt. Howard L. Peterson

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Abstract: IN THE YEARS IMMEDIATELY following World War II, marine radar gained a kind of mystical hypnosis over the minds of many mariners. A general feeling existed that a ship with radar was exempt from collision. The records show that this feeling was highly erroneous; so erroneous, in fact, that the expression radar-assisted collision was coined and widely used. As a direct result of a frightening number of post-war collisions involving passenger ships, freighters, naval vessels, and even fishing boats, many individuals and organizations closely studied the available records and offered suggestions and preliminary conclusions. Obviously, the collisions usually were not the fault of radar; most collisions were rooted in misinterpretation of information shown on the radar scope. Consequently, most of the suggestions were based on improving the use of information available from the radar scope. But how was this information used and evaluated? .A look into the past may disclose some interesting information.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 14, Number 1
Pages: 33 - 51
Cite this article: Peterson, Capt. Howard L., "MANEUVERING BOARD OR RADAR PLOTTING SHEET?", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 1967, pp. 33-51.
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