"The ship likely won’t open as a restaurant this year, Bray said, although he would eventually like to redo the interior and cover the top. “The whole purchase was spur of the moment. I have no money to do anything, really,” he added.
Oh boy. This does not bode well. I seem to call Gary Bereska saying something similar about the San Mateo.
I'm looking forward to your assessment of which vessel you prefer from an overall passenger experience, the Lady Rose or Frances Barkley.
Easy answer: MV Frances Barkley (no contest).
- the amenity / designs on the Lady Rose that are better than the Frances Barkley is the 'Rose's covered aft outside deck. That covered deck is nice for being outside, yet sheltered.
I also like the fact that the 'Rose has 1 continuous outside deck. In contrast, the 'Barkley has short sections of outside-decks on different levels, so there are lots of ladders to climb.
The other thing that the 'Rose beats the 'Barkley at is West-Coast Nostalgia. That's ok for some things, but not for regular travel or ongoing on-board experience.
--------- But for all other amenities and comforts, the Frances Barkley wins, hands-down. Twice the # of heads, larger real galley, larger table-lounge, 2 inside passenger lounges (including a great forward-view lounge), twice the amount of cargo space.
Also, if you need to embark/disembark at sea-level, on the Frances Barkley you just walk near the cargo hatch to the side-gate. But on the Lady Rose, you actually need to walk into the cargo hold.
The deviation chart. - is this for compass imprecision?
In short, yes.
In long... As we all know, pretty much every ship sailing today has some amount of metal aboard, and as we all know, compasses use magnetic fields to decipher where 'North' is. Since ships DO contain metal, compasses will often stray from Magnetic North to some other random point, which is different on each ship, depending on how much metal is aboard and where it's located.
To keep the ship's crew from accidentally sailing East when they want to sail Northwest, ships are required to have a specialist come in every so often to check the compass and update the deviation chart. All that these charts do is show how many degrees you should add (or subtract) to your compass reading to tell you which direction you're actually heading in.
Some ships are also equipped with softirons, located near the compass, which can be moved to affect compass deviation to show True North directly on the compass. The Frances Barkley is equipped with these. The softirons are the rather unsoft-looking black (used to be red and green) balls.
This would be a helm indicator. Some ships have an indicator that shows how much the helm the wheel itself has applied, as well as a second guage showing how much rudder was actually applied. But I'd actually assume that this is just an indicator of how much rudder has been applied, Ie: 5 degrees, 10 degrees port/starboard. The letter in the middle would be "M" for Midship