(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.
For editors and proofreaders
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.