I take it you mean while Titanic was still afloat?
In which case not a lot. The days of mobile pumps and damage control teams were a long way off and mostly confined to Navies and the influx of water into her hull was too great for any amount of help.
If you mean after Titanic had sunk ?What else could have assisting ships done besides pick up the survivors in the lifeboats ?
Personally, it's my opinion that John's question (above) hits the nail on he thumb. It's the "Ouchy" question that was avoided at all costs in 1912 and has continued to be ignored. Was there more that could have been done? Perhaps Titanic was lost, but would it have been possible with the knowledge and equipment aboard to have prolonged the life of the ship?
Even so, the kind of damage control which can be applied in even nondescript small vessels today far exceeds the knowledge and equipment available to Chief Engineer Bell and his men.
-- David G. Brown
I thought about it, but could a big liner like the SS France really help in any way?
The Titanic was sinkng rather quickly and in the later phase it became chaotic and uncontrollable. So any other liner would need to keep a great distance and would not be able to halt alongside the Titanic. It would have been impossible to create a direct connection between both ships. Even under normal conditions it would be almost impossible without assistance of tugs ect.
So i assume the other liner would keep distance and only option would be to ferry passenger with life boats from one vessel to the other. That takes very much time and is very slow and even that would have to stop, once the Titanic gets too unstable. I would also assume the rising panic ect would make things even more difficult.
So what you say?
Probably the best point made here. What everybody is seemingly forgetting is that the nearest wreck to Titanic in terms of chronology would have been Republic, which took over 18 hours to sink, 10 of which were spent in the daylight transferring passengers. I don't want to sound like a Lordite but the major issue I have with researchers who have concluded that more lifeboats would have helped is that the engineering and victualling crew would have had to man the boats. How many of the engineering or victualling crew would have been able to man the boats under normal circumstances, much less without qualified seamen in the boats?
You simply cannot assume that every passenger or engineering/victualling crewman is a Major Peuchen.