Scallop Boat Virtual Tour
The bridge is the control center for the vessel. From high up in this perch, the captain can see and direct the work of his crew. All of the vessels heavy equipment can be operated from one or two locations on the bridge. The speed and course heading is handled at the helm and the operation of the winches that raise and lower the fishing gear are controlled from a separate control station overlooking the back deck. There is an arsenal of electronic gear on the bridge that enhances the captain's senses. There are radars to pierce the fog, fathometers to plumb the depths below him, and satellites to locate him within a few feet on the earth's surface. Radio, satellite and even the Internet allow the crew to communicate with anyone they choose around the world. While the ship is often steered automatically and guided by GPS, the traditional chart table still has its place on the modern bridge, as does the seemingly old fashioned compass.