Bridge on a ship is where it all happens -
although some Chief Engineers may disagree.
But, why the Bridge?
In the days of sail when the ships were small the steering
wheel was situated on the poop deck at the stern of the vessel
almost immediately above the rudder. As the ships got bigger
with the advent of steam, the watchkeepers and helmsmen found
it difficult to see the front of the vessel. Consequently,
the steering position was moved further forward and mounted
on a raised platform to improve the visibility forward. As
the structure resembled a bridge so the name stuck. In the
early days the Bridge was open to the elements but nowadays
is fully enclosed and well protected from the sea and weather.
From our Bridge you can access the Information
Desk, Radio Room, Notice Board and the Chartroom where you
can find links to websites which will be of interest to genealogists
and ship seekers as well as books of interest.
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