There were two auxiliary propulsion units (APUs) mounted about 1/3 of the 
ship's length from the bow.  They were electric and could be retracted when not 
in use, and rotated 360 degrees.  A skilled ship driver could use those and the 
main engine to maneuver pier-side or get underway with no tug boat if the 
opposing wind and tide were low (less than 15 knots wind or one knot of tide).

However, using the APUs to counteract the stern walk was a losing battle.  We 
found it was better to use momentum and good judgement to "coast" the ship up 
to the pier and get just close enough to get lines over, and then use the lines 
to pull the ship in the last few yards.

One could balance the APUs against the stern walk and twist the ship if needed, 
but that was usually a slow dance, very trying for Sailors waiting to get off 
the ship after a period at sea.  Far more efficient to come at the pier with a 
few knots speed (below three knots of forward speed the rudder became 
ineffective), and then kick the rudder to get the stern going the right way, 
and apply reverse thrust with propeller and APUs at just the right time.
Max Dillon
Charleston SC
'87 300TD
'95 E300

On September 12, 2015 10:21:24 PM EDT, Craig via Mercedes 
<> wrote:
>I'll bet it did. But didn't you have stern thrusters to counteract


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