She's a very conscientious passenger, who's observed that the ship appears to be going down by the head and is doing her best to redress the balance. In the picture below she's enlisted the help of another passenger, but clearly their efforts are to no avail.
>>Does anybody have a correct image of the stern lamp? I've always assumed that it was similar to the masthead light (drum shaped lantern with wings to control the visibility of the light).
The Cameron movie set prop was a "quicky" made from the ordinary bulkhead lights.<<
Was the "stern light" (just above Kate Winslet's head in the photo on the post) shown in "Titanic" added just for lighting effects rather than being historically correct or is this another light rather than the "stern light" in question ? I believe there is a comment to this effect on one of the DVD commentary tracks ?
>>She's a very conscientious passenger, who's observed that the ship appears to be going down by the head and is doing her best to redress the balance. In the picture below she's enlisted the help of another passenger, but clearly their efforts are to no avail. <<
Also note that the stern lamp is no longer illuminated (historically correct). The bulb is clearly visible through the lens.
A stern light would be exactly the same as a mast-head light and would be designed to show from 22.5 degrees abaft the beam on one side, right round the stern to 22.5 degrees abaft the beam on the opposite side. If stern and masthead light were at the same level - Titanic would have shown a white light all round the horizon within at two mile distance.
The light in the picture looks more like a modern bathroom light than a ship's light. You'll note in the second pic., it has been re-sited forward of the flag-staff and switched off. Additionally: who was standing on the iceberg shining the light on the lady in question?
Sorry guys, we don't really have to speculate on this one. We have one of the Fr. Browne photos of Titanic's stern. As you can clearly see, the stern light is just a simple bulkhead style lamp,
not a masthead lamp. The Cameron movie pretty much had it nailed. Disregard the numbers in the photo. They were for another discussion.
Thanks for the valuable input. I don't recall seeing a copy of the Browne photo this clear, and had thought that the Cameron set designers had simply taken another short cut. I'm surprised something that simple would have met the navigation laws regarding running lights.