- Nov 14, 2005
I agree. He was probably acting on what his training and experience told him to do. He had limited time to make decisions. The only thing that I can think of that might go against that is he must have seen something because I thought standard collision avoidance procedure was to turn starboard and not to port. But maybe it was different in 1912.True, but that was the time between the 3 bells and actual collision, right? But Murdoch himself would have had much less time to make his decision. The question that perhaps can never be answered now is at what point after 3-bells did Murdoch himself SEE the iceberg? Did he immediately look for the berg or after Fleet made the phone call, Moody responded and then shouted to Murdoch? I felt that even with the best scenario, some time would have elapsed before Murdoch actually saw the berg himself and when he did, he had to make a quick (even if quick-calculated ) decision about his course of action. He then made-up his mind, gave the order, Hichens turned the helm and the Titanic had started to respond when the collision occurred.
That is why I felt that the time frame that Murdoch had for actually thinking and making a decision was a lot narrower than 45 seconds.