29[McNab, John, 1897, Catechism of the Laws of Storms, 3rd, George Philip & Son, London]
long_title: Catechism of the Laws of Storms for the Use of Sea Officers With Instructions for Answering Papers on the Subject in the Board of Trade Examinations
editions: 1884, 1890, 1897
The centre has a peculiar sea of its own, the water rising in great pyramidal heaps, and literally throwing itself about in all directions, making it difficult for a ship to live.
Q.28.--Are there any rules for ascertaining the position of a ship in a cyclone, and for the changing in the direction of its wind?
A.--Yes; most important ones.
first: To find how the centre bears. When
fairly within the storm area, not before, face the
wind, and the centre should bear about 8 points
from that to the RIGHT in N. Lat., and to the
LEFT in S. Lat. This average, or 8 point, bear-
ing, is based on the old theory that the area is a
perfect circle; but as it is now generally accepted
that some may be "Incurving," it may as well
to allow for such a possibility, in which case the
centre bearing might even vary form 8 to 14 points...