- The required space for a vessel to maneuver safely.
It should go without saying that most vessels don’t exactly handle like cars. Given a large enough vessel, it takes time and space to stop it. There’s a ridiculous scene in the 2012 movie, Battleship, where they drop the port side bow anchor and the USS Missouri practically comes to a screeching halt; swinging her stern around like they just pulled a handbrake turn in a car. I cringe every time I see that scene. While there is a similar technique in sailing vessels, known as clubhauling, I doubt it applies to 50,000-ton Iowa-class battleships moving at flank speed. I imagine the anchor chain would have something to say in the matter as it snaps and possibly damages the hawsepipe and/or the bow of the ship.
The “sea room” is also a good place to send newbies on a snipe hunt for. “Go find Petty Officer Jones. He’s in the sea room.”
Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport Museum.
As in, “A willing foe and sea room!”
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