The judge in the preliminary hearing, Valeria Montesarchio, denied the request to subpoena the helmsman.
The helmsman, who did not speak English or Italian fluently, responded, “Hard to Starboard?”
Shortly before the Concordia crashed, Schettino can be heard on the audiotape telling the helmsman to turn again.
Moments later, he can be heard yelling “Hard to Port” at the helmsman when it became clear the ship was heading for disaster.
“I made a decision to go off course and I gave those orders to the helmsman,” he told the court.
Otto, beside the helmsman, was worrying him—neither with the weather, nor with the question of treasure.
He is, as Swinburne says, helmsman and chief: he is literally the Man at the Wheel.
The latter returned the fire from a wall piece, which, besides clearing the quarter-deck, killed the helmsman of the schooner.
The helmsman warned them that they were approaching another shore.
The helmsman who had bowed to her was slight and swarthy, with Southern eyes, vivacious manners, and a singularly melodious voice.