(Of a vessel) the minimum speed required for proper response to the helm.
- Once the ship has stopped, it is at the mercy of wind and current until steerage way can be restored.
- After we had lost all steerage way we were swept bodily southwards by the inblowing winds towards the cyclone's centre.
- You can't get steerage way with a speedboat hull at 4 knots so they are allowed to go faster so that they can point them in the right direction.
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