May you live till 120.James, I am one of these very old captains you write about - hopefully with both feet still on the ground.
My father was a Captain with similar seatime like you, got alot of old school atitude from him so Iam not exactly apaper seaman if you know what I mean.I helped to develop what you take for granted nowadays but I can still use the old stuff if the satellites go down You don't need to be like me.. you just need common sense.
I always told my look outs, dont report what we see, look for what we dont see, especially while navigating inYou talk about modern practice and your experience. Tell me this:
If a lookout spots a target on the horizon, since he had nothing to do with it other than report it, what would be the purpose of him specifically identifying it for what it was if the bridge hadn't seen it at the same time? Or in most cases, they had since it had been picked up fifteen minutes earlier on the 40 mile range ring of the RADAR or there had been an audible warning sounded?
Malacca strait where small unlit fast boats cross the bow (can only see the shadow and their wake), in any case I never tell them the crew not to report or get angry about it even when they report astar on the horizon as avessel. I hope this answers your question.
Sorry, I dont understand your question.Here's another one for you:
If as you write "One thing you can be sure of, anyone who would have given the Captains binoculars to the lookouts would have booted of the vessel." why was there any captains serving on WL ships because WSl supplied binoculars for their lookouts.
In the begining the 1st class passangers were sure its just adrill, the life boats were still on board, no special event occured at the time and except the ships command no one was sure what happened.Oh! and there was no panic at the lifeboats... in fact the very opposite. read the evidence and personal accounts.
When things went south it was adiffrent story, I can only imagine the 3rd class passangers which were left on board, Iam sure they were terrified when they found out they were about to go down with the vessel, there are alot of stories of those who survived, the only thing I understood was confusion and alot of suger coated tales to justify how they survived, the dead, may the rip, didnt tell any tales.