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.