What is Smelling the ground?

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What is Smelling the ground?

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Asked on August 16, 2020
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When a ship is maneuvering in/near extremely shallow waters such as near a shoal she is likely to take a sudden sheer (sheer means quickly changing of course), first towards the shoal/shallow patch and then violently away. This is called smelling the ground.

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Posted by marinetales
Answered on August 23, 2020