The Californian and her Captain Stanley Lord became notorious for their failure to respond to distress signals sent up by Titanic. It was alleged that officers on the nearby vessel observed the signals but ignored them.
The Californian had left Liverpool carrying a mixed cargo but no passengers on 5 April 1912, bound for Boston. She received several ice warnings and at 6.30 p.m. Lord himself ordered an ice warning sent to the Antillian, this was overheard by the Titanic. Lord did every thing a good Captain should do. He doubled the look out and slowed down. At 10.21 he decided to go no further and ordered the engines stopped. About an hour later Lord saw what he thought was a steamer passing to the south., Third Officer Groves was instructed to raise the ship by lamp but without success. The wireless officer was by now off-duty and therefore did not hear Titanic's distress signals. However it would appear that the rockets sent up by Titanic were observed from the deck of the Californian, however, they were not interpreted as distress rockets and in retrospect, the actions taken in response to them were woefully inadequate.
Captain Lord lost his command shortly after his role in the Titanic incident became known however the Californian resumed her normal service.
|Crew whose current ship was the Californian - 54|
|Crew whose previous ship was the Californian - 24|
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|ARTICLE: CAPT. LORD EXPLAINS|
|ARTICLE: CAPTAIN LORD 1961 INTERVIEWS TRANSCRIPT|
|RESEARCH_ARTICLE: ERNEST GILL IN AUSTRALIA|
|RESEARCH_ARTICLE: HARD A-STARBOARD|
|RESEARCH_ARTICLE: ICE: CLEAR AND ABSENT DANGER|
|RESEARCH_ARTICLE: MYSTERY SHIP MADE SIMPLE|
|ARTICLE: ON BOARD THE CARPATHIA|
|ARTICLE: RUSSIANS TO THE RESCUE – ICEFIELD DESCRIBED|
|ARTICLE: STANLEY LORD IN CONVERSATION WITH LESLIE HARRISON|
|ARTICLE: STEWARD'S STATEMENT|
|ARTICLE: SUBMARINES SINK FOUR MORE SHIPS|
|RESEARCH_ARTICLE: THE CALIFORNIAN INCIDENT, A REALITY CHECK|
|RESEARCH_ARTICLE: THE INFORMATIVE 'MORNING NEWS'|
|ARTICLE: THE NIGHTMARE OF APRIL 14, 1912|
|REVIEW: THE TITANIC AND THE INDIFFERENT STRANGER|
|ARTICLE: TITANIC STRUCK ON CLEAR NIGHT|
|ARTICLE: TRAGEDY AT SEA - FILM RECORD OF THE TITANIC|