What is Smelling the ground?

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

Smelling the ground means :-

  • This occurs when a ship is nearing an extremely shallow depth of water, such as a shoal.

  • The ship is likely to take a sudden sheer.

  • The sheer is first towards the shallow, then violently away from it.

  • The movements of a sluggish ship may suddenly become astonishingly lively.

  • These effects are called smelling the ground.