Here is a little thought to ponder. I believe, based on the 1549 miles run from Daunt's Rock to noon April 14th, Titanic was 126 miles from the Corner. The sum of those two distances equates to 1675 miles from Daunt Rock to the Corner, matching Olympic's Feb 1912 run. If you work out the distance of the Smith CQD, 41° 44'N, 50° 24'W, back to the Corner at 42°N, 47°W, you find a distance of 153 miles. Add the two and you get 126+153=279 miles from Noon to the Smith CQD. Now how long would it take for the ship to travel that distance at an average speed of 22 knots? 279/22=12.68 hours, or a smidge over 12 and 2/3 hours which is equal to 12 hours and 40 minutes. That is ONE hour greater than the 11 hours and 40 minutes from noon to when the ship struck the berg. To me, this suggests a simple mental error that resulted in a 1 hour overrun when it came time to work out the initial CQD position. Something easily done in the haste to work out a set of distress coordinates.
Well, enough speculation.
I already did, see my post #27 above. Is it too simple to understand, or choose to believe?
I ignored that bit of speculation because it depends on maintaining the course set at Noon until reaching the turning point and makes no allowanced for external influences. Simple it certainly is, believable it certainly is not. I quote a certain Samuel Halpern who stated in his Post No.25:
"to suggest that Titanic was tracking along the GC route perfectly is ludicrous"
Actually, the final distress position worked by Smith would be found by making allowance for any movement of his ship afte
r the moment of impact.
Since he gave a latitude of 41-24' North for his CQD position, he obviously did not believe, as you do, that his ship had actually been turned northward at the time of impact, then drifted southward for a couple of hours under the influence of a south-setting current before she sank at 41-24'North, where he said she stopped in the first place. Silly man!
That same "silly man" was the one who ordered his ship to turn at 5-50 pm.
If, as you claim, she had 126 miles to steam at 22 knots, and he believed, as your "speculation" infers, that she would indeed make good the planned course and distance from Noon to The Corner
, then his order would have been "Alter course 265 True at 5-43 pm,"
not 5-50 pm. Sure, we are talking 7 minutes, but 7 minutes at 22 knots is an over-shoot of 2.6 miles.
Captain Smith did estimate an unhampered speed of 22.1 knots equal to his pre-noon average and made an allowance for half a knot of head current, then he would have used 21.6 knots. Guess what? 5 hours 50 minutes at 21.6 knots = a total distance of...yes...you get it...your famous educated guess of 126 nautical miles. But not from a point on the prescribed track, but one to the south and east of it. If Titanic
had been right on her prescribed track at noon, she would have had 124 miles to run to The Corner
, not 126 miles. To make your speculation come true, she would have had to have made 126 miles on her planned course to The Corner
and have passed smack-bang through the center.
suggest that Titanic
was tracking along the planned route perfectly is ludicrous, to coin a phrase.