Turning back time

Jan 24, 2022 by Triton Staff
Credit: Photo Credit: Capt. Grant Maughan

Deckhands Andrew Van Rhyn and Ryan Pretorius operate the antiquated emergency steering system aboard M/Y Itasca during a drill. In order for that old wheel behind the stack on the bridge deck to turn the rudder, some hydraulic valves in the steering flat must be changed over. There is a compass read out in front of the steering pedestal to help crew stay on course. The 54m J&K Smit explorer yacht built in 1961 has a new owner and is currently undergoing maintenance at a shipyard in Greece.