DID Titanic actually pass within visual sighting of other ships after it's departure from Queenstown


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Richard Coplen

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Hey all,
just wondering if Titanic passed within visual sighting distance of any other ships following its departure from Queenstown (i.e. on the open sea)??? Ye know - like "ships passing in the night". Did she swop signals with these ships? It feels kinda comforting when you sight other civilisation after days on the vast expanse of deserted ocean. Just wondering if any of Titanic's passengers experienced that feeling? Any ideas?
 

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In the early afternoon of 14 April the eastbound steamer Rappahannock exchanged signals by morse lamp and reported the ice field in Titanic's path. Later the same afternoon the steamer Portland passed within visual range but exchanged no signals.
 

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A convincing appraisal, Dave (as always). Eaton & Haas, by the way, seem eventually to have settled for the meeting taking place on the 13th (in their timeline book, published 1999). There is of course no account which places the meeting in the afternoon of the 14th - that's just me confusing it with the Portland claim!
 
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That's interesting - heard of the Rappahannock before, but not the Portland. Does anyone have further information on these 2 ships???
 
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George has stated several times that the picture in his book was 'doctored', and the publisher removed the statement to that effect.
 
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I'll have to go home and look up what George said, Paul. But the upshot is that it is NOT a photo taken from a passing ship.
 
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Instead of digging thru my old records, I went to the man himself for the answer re: the photo in Speed Safety and Sacrifice. George said:

"The 'photo' is a computer mock-up of what the sighting of the Titanic by the Lake Manitoba probably looked like in real life, but the publisher deleted the final sentence of the caption which explained that the 'photo' was just a mock-up. (However, the actual sighting of the Titanic by passengers on board the Lake Manitoba really did occur; the latter vessel's passengers could even see people standing at the Titanic's railings waving at them.)"
 
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Does anyone have any pictures or a history of the SS Lake Manitoba? Where was she travelling from/to when she encountered Titanic? Appreciate any info. Thanks guys.
 
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This thread sent to LoB 'No Place Else to Go' - which is a holding thread until further developments warrant a folder.
 

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