noun /ˈstɪə.rɪdʒˌweɪ,ˈstirɪdʒˌweɪ/
The minimum speed of a ship, below which it does not answer the helm and cannot be steered.

The latter made one tremendous spurt, then gave up in despair and hauled in his oars. French Pete let go the main-sheet, lost steerageway as he rounded up alongside the motionless skiff, and dragged Joe out.

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  • Steerageway — Steer age*way ( w[=a] ), n. (Naut.) A rate of motion through the water sufficient to render a vessel governable by the helm. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • steerageway — noun Date: 1762 a rate of motion sufficient to make a ship or boat respond to movements of the rudder …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • steerageway — /ˈstɪərɪdʒweɪ/ (say stearrijway) noun sufficient forward movement to permit a ship to be manoeuvred …  

  • steerageway — noun (nautical) the minimum rate of motion needed for a vessel to be maneuvered • Topics: ↑seafaring, ↑navigation, ↑sailing • Hypernyms: ↑speed, ↑velocity …   Useful english dictionary

  • dead slow — adverb (or adjective) nautical : so slow as to have only steerageway * * * Naut. as slow as possible without losing steerageway …   Useful english dictionary

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  • USS Cavalier (APA-37) — USS Cavalier (AP 82/APA 37) was a . Hit port side aft, Cavalier suffered 50 men injured, some flooding, and buckled decks. Engines stopped and steerageway was lost. Flooding and damage were quickly controlled, but since her propeller was jammed,… …   Wikipedia

  • dead slow — Naut. as slow as possible without losing steerageway. * * * …   Universalium

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