WHY SHIPS GROUND

Lieutenant Commander Alton B. Moody

Abstract: Someone has defined navigation as the art of keeping water under the keel of a ship. While this may not be a textbook definition, it will serve well for a discussion of why ships ground. When a ship strands, it does not follow necessarily that someone has been at fault, but this is often the case. A recent search of the files of the Navy; Coast Guard, War Shipping Adminsitration, and Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation disclosed a number of strandings in which faults are clearly indicated. Several of these, chosen for their general interest and instructional value, were selected for this article.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 1, Number 12
Pages: 259 - 268
Cite this article: Moody, Lieutenant Commander Alton B., "WHY SHIPS GROUND", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 1, No. 12, 1948, pp. 259-268.
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