National Geographic : 1942 May
Yr.r.U . He Launches Many Ships, but Never Sees a Launching Harold T. Bent, of the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Com pany, is in the "trigger pit," beneath the ship's hull. Most ships being launched are released by burning anchor plates in two with torches. Some times, however, they are launched by a hydraulic trigger as shown here (p. 562). mtar rnotograpner u.Antnony Stewart No Hand Touching Either Wheel, This Ship Will Steer Herself The quartermaster is quitting his old-fashioned wheel (left). The mate sets the course; then he, too, can leave the automatic steering wheel (right), controlled by the Sperry gyro repeater compass, at which heislooking. Only in harbor, or when passing ships, changing course, etc., need the wheel beused.