Typhoon while aboard ship taught me that lesson well. Engines and boilers falling thru the hull of the ship and still staying afloat? Unless he was extremly drunk I can't believe that he would actually think that.No credible sailor of any rank ever believes that any ship is unsinkable. They can say all kinds of things, brag about the most unimportant stuff, talk big, and get drunk like the best of 'em, but no man who ever gone to sea, believes any ship is unsinkable. They know too well, the power of the sea.
They were bad in 1912. Even worse today.There's also the question as to whether Smith said any of these things. Did they verbatim record the actual words of the captain or are they skewed for some apparent reason? Newspapers, especially the tabloids, aren't always known for accuracy.
Thomas Andrews Jr didn't say that to reassure himself of the floating capacities of the ship, he claimed it to reassure two passengers who earlier in the voyage shared the doctor's table with him (this being Eleanor Cassebeer and Henry Anderson). It is believed he just came from the navigating bridge (there are recent claims made that it was before this visit, which doesn't make much sense to me considering his lack of questions of what happened to the passengers on the forward A-deck promenade under the bridge at the time) and it was said to ensure there was no worries raised, considering the uncertainty the ship was still in at the time.Heck, Andrews claimed she would float if she was cut into thirds, although this was probably just him trying to reassure himself after her bump with the iceberg.
If ever there was an ambiguous comment this one would be it and Rostron probably had his tongue in his cheek when he quoted that source. How do you explain the phrase "unsinkable under certain conditions"? That's like saying that the Titanic would remain afloat as long as certain conditions were met but not otherwise; to my mind, that would translate int anything but 'unsinkable'.The ships are supposed to be built, and the naval architects say they are, unsinkable under certain conditions. What the exact conditions are, I do not know
It doesn't make sense. But there were people at the time that were alluding that it was unsinkable. I chalk it up to good old fashion "spin". As some here have previously stated the question is how accurate were the quotes being reported. As Dan Parkes said earlier, context is important. And sometimes its down right dishonesty as we often see today. Can't tell you how many so called news articles today where they only give you part of a qoute to spin their narrative. Cheers.A similar but more accurate statement would be - Airplanes are built not to crash under most conditions. However, they do at times.
The term unsinkable under certain conditions for a ship makes no sense. Either its unsinkable or it not unsinkable. A more accurate statement would be that ships are designed not to sink under most conditions.