The following was in effect at the time of the disaster:Now days the matter is clear and it is mentioned in the colregs in rule 5: every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means ....
A productive discussion would be what were the regulations before,
It leaves a lot open to interpretation. However, under the Explanatory notes and Observations to these, I found this one reference to the use of glasses:
"If the use of glasses will enable an object to be seen sooner, the neglect by the look-out to use glasses will constitute a bad look-out."
It was once available on-line but later taken down after the written transcript became available. I was lucky enough to hear these taped interviews when they were easily available. The transcript appears to be accurate and can be cited as such if need be.I understand that the original recording of Lord's voice making these observations, and giving these answers, still exists
You've probably been watching Pirates of the Caribbean too many times.I have a special fondness for buccaneers, pirates and privateers.