While I would be surprised if Ismay and Captain Smith didn't have some further words that night, it would appear that nobody thought to keep a record of it.Senator SMITH. You may put that into the record. You said you -
Mr. LOWE. You wish me to repeat it, sir?
Senator SMITH. You uttered this to Mr. Ismay?
Mr. LOWE. Yes; that was in the heat of the moment.
Senator SMITH. What was the occasion of it; because of his excitement, because of his anxiety?
Mr. LOWE. Because he was, in a way, interfering with my duties, and also, of course, he only did this because he was anxious to get the people away and also to help me.
Senator SMITH. What did you say to him?
Mr. LOWE. Do you want me to repeat that statement?
Senator SMITH. Yes, sir.
Mr. LOWE. I told him, "If you will get to hell out of that I shall be able to do something."
Senator SMITH. What reply did he make?
Mr. LOWE. He did not make any reply. I said, "Do you want me to lower away quickly?" I said, "You will have me drown the whole lot of them." I was on the floor myself lowering away.
Bruce Ismay was certainly no navigator, nor was he an expert about weather conditions in the vicinity of icebergs and field ice. But he did have more than one conversation with Captain Smith during the voyage, and we know that Captain Smith handed him that ice warning received earlier from the Baltic, the one that Ismay showed to Mrs. Ryerson. Ismay was certainly no average first class passenger, nor was he treated as one despite what he wanted others to believe. More than likely, it was Captain Smith who would have confided to Ismay that fog or haze can form in the vicinity of ice, and if that were to happen, they would be forced to slow down or even stop. But it is also likely that he would have told Ismay that if the weather remained clear with perfect visibility, it would be better to get through the region as quickly as possible before any fog or haze could start to develop. It was generally believed that the presence of icebergs by themselves posed little danger as long as they can be seen in time to be avoided.