The vessel SEA VENTURE was down bound on the Delaware River
preparing to make a u-turn at the top of the Eddystone Range.
After completing the turn
the rudder did not respond when the wheel was turned to amidships.
The C/E was called to check the steering gear
and noticed the rudder against the stops,
hard right and the follow up indicator was 5 left rudder.
The rudder quadrant gradually moved left
to align with the follow up indicator at 5 left.
The rudder then had to be placed at 25 left
rudder in order to make the vessel steer straight.
It seems as if the rudder struck the edge of the channel during her
u-turn but actual cause was undetermined.