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 More On The Bridge
Veeger 2k posts, incept 2013-02-13
2024-03-28 09:42:35

Thank you Karl, for your well reasoned and well explained comments. As a retired ship master and ship pilot, I have shared your frustration with the plethora of stupid insinuations of nefarious plots and shenanigans.

Spot on: It was a very unfortunate industrial accident. (accidents can still happen despite our current obsessions with conspiracy theories these days) It's telling of our national, collective state of mind that we we see malevolence behind every bush!

One very minor quibble and point of order if I may... Pilots are not in 'command' they may have the con but they are not in command, it's still the vessel's master. Practically speaking however, pilots will take the heat (consequences?) for their actions these days. Also, practically speaking, very few ship masters will override a pilot but if they do, they better be right. (been there, done THAT, btw, and still here to tell about it) The only place where the pilot has absolute command is actually Panama Canal pilots...

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