Quoting Thomas N
Yes, when they turned the side swiped the ice burg and put a huge gash in the side, if the had hit it head on, it would have obliterated the bow, but it would only flood one compartment, and they would have stayed afloat until they reached port.
Correct but they were practically batteling the turn left.When they were trying to back up Titanic it was still moving foward without the engines pushing.When you back up a boat the bow goes right and the stern goes left.See what i'm trying to get at?They were still drifting foward and trying to back up and the stern was heading left and the bow was heading right. Permalink
Thanks for the invite. I have several books on the Titannic, so I will add some info. The mail room flooded because it was below the waterline and one of the sections breached by the iceburg. As for the engines they were full astern (reverse). The rudder was hard to starboard (right). The problem was in the rudder design, and they new about it after sea trials, that she turned slow. Not really a defect just a quork of the ship. Permalink
The above manuever acts like a brake, and makes the bow swing to port (left). I have done this in my own boat and it does work. I have seen the documentries, and I wonder about a head on collision too. As iceburgs are larger under the water than what you see above, the damage to the keel still may have cause the same result. Permalink
Quoting Ken Osbon
The above manuever acts like a brake, and makes the bow swing to port (left). I have done this in my own boat and it does work. I have seen the documentries, and I wonder about a head on collision too. As iceburgs are larger under the water than what you see above, the damage to the keel still may have cause the same result.
Woa! I never new some of that.Yes the watertight compartments cold only hold 4 breached and it was five.If it would have crashed head on it will obliterate the bow breaching the first few compartments,beter than five.But the capt. would have sacrificed some civilians. Permalink
the biggest defect was in reality no proper watertight bulkheads fitted,you cant have a watertight bulkhead which only goes so many decks high and all the way to deck level,
like building your hose with half walls inside,that combined with the ego of the owners thinking it was unsinkable,who in their right mind in charge of any ship steams full speed in fog knowing their are icebergs in the area especially when they have no navigational aids like we have nowadays and even with radar plotters GPS etc you still DONT do these things,
so pretty much 99% human error, Permalink
I know this post is kinda old, but from what I've heard apparently at the docks the foremost funnel threw a spark and lit a pile of coal on fire in the #18 cargo hold. It weakened the steel and the iceberg hit the weak spot in the steel. Permalink