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Conning tower

Raised platform on a ship or submarine used to command the vessel / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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A conning tower is a raised platform on a ship or submarine, often armoured, from which an officer in charge can conn the vessel, controlling movements of the ship by giving orders to those responsible for the ship's engine, rudder, lines, and ground tackle. It is usually located as high on the ship as practical, to give the conning team good visibility of the entirety of the ship, ocean conditions, and other vessels.

Conning tower
USS Michigan (BB-27) with its cylindrical conning tower visible directly aft and above its second forward main gun turret c. 1916-17. Hint: The conning tower is partially obscured by the turret.
Armoured cylinder of USS Massachusetts's (BB-2) conning tower during construction c. 1892

The naval term "conn" may derive from the Middle English conne (study, become acquainted with) or French conduire from Latin conducere (conduct).[1]