I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Why is my Ship Listing?
Cruise ships, even ones as big as the
Noordam, move around a lot as they navigate the oceans, and you get used to the
constant rhythm of the ship. However the movement usually goes both ways; the
ship goes down in the bow only to return as the stern takes its turn on down
stroke. A rocking to the starboard is always followed by a equal rocking to
This Ship is not listing . . .
I was a little surprised when I felt the
ship list one way and not return to level. Sitting in the restaurant, I felt
the ship shift to one side and remain there. With a clear view out both port
and starboard windows I could see sky out one side and ocean out the other. A
walk up to the aft pool deck showed a clear, steady 10 or 12 degree list to one
side. The horizon behind the ship was no longer straight, and the water in the
pool instead of splashing back and forth was down on one side and overflowing
on the other.
A quick tour around the ship did not find
crew members scrambling to emergency stations, the list did not seem to be
growing worse, and our speed remained a steady 18.9 kts. By the time I made a
tour of most of the ships outside public areas we were mostly back to
horizontal, so the problem seems to have been fixed, the testing of ballast tanks
or stabilizers successful or whatever . . .
Sailing Out Of Sydney Australia
The most interesting thing about this was
that except for one couple who noticing me staring out at the crooked horizon,
and commented casually on the list, no one seemed to notice. People remained in
their deck chairs reading their kindles, bridge games continued in the games
room, and no one but me seemed to get up from their breakfast to see what was
happening. I am not sure anyone noticed?