|06/30/2010 - 02:47||Mike J Kirlew||
On the first trip through the Suez Canal near the Red Sea end we lost steerage and grounded across the canal. The nylon mooring lines were run out off the winch drum by the 'bum' boats to the opposite banks and the strain taken up. It was very interesting watching the diameter of the lines reduce as the strain came on 'till eventually the mooring bollard to which the after line was attached came out of the bank and described a graceful arc towards the stern of the ship falling short by just a few feet. The ship did not budge 'till the slight current reversed!