[QUOTE=Kennebec Captain;189935]IIRC the helm order was to put the wheel to port to allow the stern of the ship to swing clear and the helmsman put the wheel to starboard. It’s a common mistake, the helmsman may have realized that the hazard was close to port and was anticipating an order to turn the ship away from danger, to starboard.
This is a good example why it’s important to be aware of what’s being discussed, fault or cause, if the helmsman had put the wheel over the correct way the stern may have swung clear, so the error was a cause. Was the grouding his fault? He did some jail time for it, but it is a common error.[/QUOTE]
The helmsman was sentenced to about a year and a half but I don’t think he served. As for Shitino: "Survivors, shivering as they staggered ashore on Giglio Island, were startled to see the captain, already safe on land, “without even getting his feet wet,” How can you believe this guy when he points the finger at the helmsman. He threw him under the bus to save his own neck but it didn’t work.