I think it is time to start a thread to this theme. My question is: What was, as we know, the distance (and the direction) of each boat to the ship when it sank? What was the nearest boat, what the farthest boat?
Hello Manuel, this is an interesting topic. Some of the survivors in the boats described the distance from the ship, i e the occupants of boat 13 who stated they were quite some distance from the ship when it sank. Steward Ray thought they were 1 250 yards away and Thomas Oxenham just stated 'a considerable distance'. I can't remember what Beesley said. A figure such as Ray's must, of course, be treated as a rough estimate - it would be virtually impossible to state with any accuracy exactly how far away from the ship they were.
Most descriptions are vague like Oxenham's, but they give you an impression as to whether they were close or at some distance.
Manuel - boats 9 and 15 seem to have been some 500 yards away. This means they were probably closer to the ship than 13. One of the stewards in No 11 stated they were some 300 yards away, i e probably even closer than 9, 13 or 15. One crewman in No 16 said they were some 800 yards away. Again, these figures must be interpreted as rough estimates, but they do give you some sort of an idea how far away they were. I believe Randy is right; boats D and 4 were not far away when the ship sank. I have a feeling that boat C didn't get that far away, either.
Apart from the disabled collapsibles A and B, I should think that boat 4 was closest to Titanic when she went down. Perkis gave an estimate of 'six lengths' - just 60 yards. certainly the role played by no 4 in picking up people from the water immediately before and after the sinking would support the idea that it was very close indeed.
i am working on a picture showing the Titanic during the final plunge with a lifeboat in the foreground 150 - 200 yards away from the ship, in the direction of the port side's bow. Which boat could i take? I mean, which boat was near this position? Bob Godfrey wrote that number 4 was closer to the ship than 200 yards. But what is with number 6? What do we know about the distance and the direction of this famous boat?
Hichens testified to a distance of about a mile, but seemed to be none too sure. Fleet, on his own admission, couldn't judge distance at all. Major Peuchen, who was probably the most competent observer in the boat, was also unsure but he estimated that they saw the ship go down from a distance of just over half a mile.
Manuel, if you're looking for a boat which was very close to the port bow, your best choice is collapsible D. It was launched from that area just before the final plunge and, according to QM Bright (in charge), they were not much more than a hundred yards clear when the ship went down.
Wow, I think that was the fastest answer I have ever seen!!! And Bob, did you realize that you have post your message exactly at 2.20? Thats a sign!
Thanks a lot for this answers, but Bob, I think I will take boat 4, because boat D with its gray canvas sidewall doesn't look as pretty as one of the big wooden boats like 4 with its white sidewall.
( On this point I wont give a **** about the historical correctness, Haha)
Thanks! I'm very pleased for your suggestion and I've just finished to read Mr Hogg's testimony and he said the boat was about a mile from the ship.
Great Summer! (My exams finished today so, I've plenty of time to waste in ET.I know that in Portugal is much more hotter than there, in UK, but never minds. Here it is 34Âº centigrade during the day!!)