By A. Bertram Chandler
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She looked it up. Carrington State Dockyard. ” demanded Grimes, looking up from his book. “Just a thought,” she told him. ” she asked. He grinned. “Spacemen and seamen like to kid themselves that they do. Look at it this way. You’re bringing a ship in—a spaceship or a surface ship—and you’ve failed to allow for all the factors affecting her handling. Your landing or berthing isn’t up to your usual standard. But you kid yourself, and your officers that it wasn’t your fault. You say, ‘She was a proper little bitch, wasn’t she?
Tell the Chief and Second Officers it will be starboard side to. Tell Mr. ” He came to starboard, lined the ship’s head up on the up river end of the wharf. With his mouth whistle he blew one short, sharp blast. The chain cable of the port anchor rattled out through the pipe, the grip of the flukes in the mud acted as a brake. Sonya Winneck was still making way, but with the ebb against her and the drag of the anchor she was almost stopped. ‘ This, thought Grimes, is easy, as he nosed in toward his berth.
The red beacon was abeam now, and Sonya Winneck was sweeping into the harbor in fine style. ” suggested the Third Officer. “Mphm. Thank you, Mr. Viccini. ” The rhythmic thudding of the diesel generators was unchanged, but there was a subtle diminution of vibration as the propeller revolutions decreased. The Main Leads were still ahead, but coming abeam to starboard were the two white obelisks that were the Leads into the Swinging Basin. “Port ten degrees,” ordered Grimes. Would it be enough? Then he saw the ship’s head swinging easily, heard the clicking of the gyro repeater.
Alternate orbits (Ace double) by A. Bertram Chandler