Harold Douglas Willis
I have studied photographs, models, and drawings of the Titanic for 35 years, and only recently noticed that the two boats (1 port and 1 starboard) above the officer's quarters appear to have NO davits to lower them to the boat deck. Additionally, the stays from the No. 1 funnel would have blocked the boats once lowered. What was Harland & Wolff thinking when they did this? What would a modern maritime inspector think when he orders the crew to "lower those two boats" and he is told "Sorry, guv, no way to get 'em down!" Ironic, is it not, that the only way one could have gotten those two boats off was in exactly the manner they DID . . . by floating off! I would welcome you thoughts on this perplexing "design" question.