I am also thinking about this and find it strange that at 3:30 a.m. both Gibson and Stone on the Californian and people in the lifeboats saw the Carpathia rockets so low lying that Stone said it was just at the horizon. At 3:30 the Carpathia should have been not more than 7 miles from the wreck site, and the rockets should have been seen exploding high in the sky. The only thing I could think of is that the rockets were hard to see in the very starry sky, it was easier to see one falling at the horizon or maybe leaving a trail of light while going up. I wonder what kind of rockets they used? Did it leave a trail while going up? Was it falling down as stars?
Right only a flash, and the survivors in the lifeboat saw the same flash and at the same time.When a distress rocket reached the top of its trajectory it exploded with a very loud BANG and a brilliant FLASH which was followed by the slow descent of a shower of brilliant white stars.
The FLASH and BANG were designed to catch the attention of an observer and the stars to concentrate that attention.
If Gibson and Stone had seen Carpathia's rockets above the horizon, they would have had time to concentrate on them., As it was, it seems they only saw the FLASh of light in the sky immediately above their horizon.
About 3.30 A.m., as nearly as I can judge, some one in the bow called our attention to a faint far-away gleam in the southeast.
We all turned quickly to look and there it was certainly: streaming up from behind the horizon
like a distant flash of a warship's searchlight; then a faint boom like guns afar off, and the light died away again.
Heard in the boats? I know only about one boat (the one Beesley was in). Does somebody knows if Boxhall or somebody else heard these rockets?Judging by the bang they made, which was heard in Titanic's boats, probably the same socket signals. She fired these at 15 minute intervals and between them she fired Roman candles. Cunard's Roman candles fired 6 blue balls up to 150 feet.
If Carpathia was firing socket signals the same as did Titanic, then from the very first one fired, those in the lifeboats -all the lifeboats - would have been less than 20 miles from the source and would have seen the first flash of detonation at maximum trajectory and seen the slowly descending stars low on the horizon. There would have been a delay between seeing the flash and hearing the sounds of any detonations. The greater the distance the greater the delay.Heard in the boats? I know only about one boat (the one Beesley was in). Does somebody knows if Boxhall or somebody else heard these rockets?