Hello all. I was wondering if any one can tell me what is the accepted average speed the Titanic was making before the collision. I have found many different answers. Thanks
If accurate, this would point to a likely speed of 22.5 knots at the time of the accident. The U.S. Senate report made the following conclusion:quote:
The entire passage had been made at high speed, though not at the ship's maximum, and this speed was never reduced until the collision was unavoidable. At 10 p.m. the ship was registering 45 knots every two hours by the Cherub log. (Hichens, 965)
The quartermaster on watch aft, when the "Titanic" struck, states that the log, reset at noon, then registered 260 knots, (Rowe, 17608) and the fourth officer, when working up the position from 7.30 p.m. to the time of the collision, states he estimated the "Titanic's" speed as 22 knots, (Boxhall, 15645) and this is also borne out by evidence that the engines were running continuously at 75 revolutions
Looks to me like the Wreck Commissions report is a bit more exact.quote:
The speed of the Titanic was gradually increased after leaving Queenstown. The first day's run was 464 miles, the second day's run was 519 miles, the third day's run was 546 miles. Just prior to the collision the ship was making her maximum speed of the voyage - not less than 21 knots, or 24 1/4 miles per hour.