American Naval Officers views at the time of the Titanic sinking


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This is another one of those "No place else to go"
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Were there any published (or otherwise) reports of comments or criticism of the Titanic sinking by United States Navy Officers at the time ?

(I've been doing some research on Captain Kenneth Whiting, for whom the Seaplane Tender U.S.S. Kenneth Whiting [AV-14]was named. Whiting was commissioned an Officer in 1909 and would have just begun his Naval career at that time.
Whiting served in the Navy until his death in 1943. He began in the Submarine Service, then switched to Aviation as Pilot, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer....You might say he worked his way up from the bottom to the top. :)
 

Dave Gittins

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In Colonel Gracie's book, there are comments by Rear Admiral A T Mahan, a very distinguished American nautical author, on the conduct of Bruce Ismay. An Admiral Chadwick also had his say. It starts on page 268 of the Jack Winocour edition.
 
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Rear Admiral Richard M. Watt, USN: "...side rips such as caused the Titanic to sink were unknown in the U.S. Navy. ...out experience with Navy ships is that they sometimes suffer bottom rips due to grounding or striking a submerged reef, but we have no experience with side rips." (New York Limitation of Liability Hearing)


LT. Commander W.T. Cluverius, USN: ...in the case of the Titanic I am inclined to think that here sinking was due to the effect of a grounding rather than to the impact of the collision. Frequently a ship strikes what is known as a "pinnacle rock," ripping open her keel. The iceberg which Titanic smashed her bow against may have had some such submerged projection which did additional damage to the keel. (New York Times, April 16, 1912)


-- David G. Brown
 

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