- Oct 5, 2016
There has been a very large section of the ship that was found some years ago, and it shows that the break actually occurred in front of and behind the third funnel. The entire middle of the ship was sort of broken off, into a third section it seems. Almost how one would cut a slice of cake.I thought the break was between the third and fourth funnel not the second and third?
As the ship listed to port the water would concentrate on that side. The last starboard collapsible was being prepared for lowering but they had great difficulty pulling it uphill towards the davits. They felt an explosion inside the ship and the bow took a violent lurch downward. The break up was commencing and the stern was rising, pushing the bow upwards. This is when Mellors and Daly felt the bow rising up. The entire weight of the stern was was compressing down into the middle of the ship, pushing it with such force that the water that was in the forward section tipped back and rushed aft. The air inside rushed forward, and the bow rose.
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I'm not sure who the article is quoted from but, I have some difficulty in understanding how one could see the bow of the ship "pointing downwards as if it had broken off" and then state that the stern was at about 60 degrees. This would put the bow well below the waterline and out of view. Again, along those lines, how could he see the bow bob up and break off, at such a high angle of 60 degrees.
Thank you Ioannis. I'm not certain of Dillon's time frames here but, if he had a drink on A deck before going to the poop, I would tend to believe that at that point the ship wasn't at an angle of 60 degrees, if she did reach that angle at all. I have zero proof and I don't like to speculate much but, I don't think at an angle like that anyone would be inclined to have a drink. Perhaps the angle felt more severe to Dillon.