How many of you out there have seen the Movie Titanic? I’m more than sure that most of you have at one time or another. Now, I have seen the Movie about 3 times, and there was one thing on the Movie that bothered me for some time.
Remember in the Movie when the Ship was heading on a collision course with a Iceberg, and the OD (Officer of The Deck) gave a Order to the Helsmen “Hard Over?” I did and this seem’d to bother me a bit.
Reason being is that while serving in the US Navy for 11 yrs. one of my duties aboard ship was be the Helsman (the person who steers the ship on the Bridge). He has to steer a steady course according to the Bearing given. If the OD calls for a course change he will say “Right Standard Rudder. Come to course 152.” You do what he ordered. After steady on course, you respond “Steady Course 152, Sir”
Now, in the many times I was the Helmsman, I never ever heard a order given such as “Hard Over.” Hard Over? Hard Over to what? Port or Starboard? In the Movie, it shows the Helsmen turning the Wheel (Helm) to the left, which is to Port. How did he know to turn in that direction?
Well, I did find out a answer. In early day’s when steering a ship, “Hard Over” means turn to Port! I never knew that! Now, it is that this Order is not given all that much. In fact, hardly ever. This is why I never heard such a Order. Now, I know.