Distance to the Iceberg when sighted, and questions about the lookouts.


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Bob_Read

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Could it be possible that procedures and practices aboard Titanic in 1912 were different than during your day and aboard your vessels?
 

Jim Currie

Member
It may well have been, Bob. However, the fitting of a screen had a purpose then, as it had for exactly the same purpose for many years thereafter.
 
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Going down Southampton Water until the pilot was dropped off the Nab there would be two lookout men in the crow's nest along with the ship's second officer, who prior to going up the stick, would have been assisting the chief officer with overseeing the handling of the mooring lines on the forecastle while leaving the dock. At least that is how it was done on Olympic in 1911 under Smith's command. I assume it was handled the same way on Titanic.
 

Seumas

Member
I'd be interested to read your feedback on this point Sam.

It is speculated in On A Sea of Glass that because of the delay caused by the "New York incident", they decided to make up for lost time and perhaps George Bowyer stayed with the ship until they reached Cherbourg rather than being "dropped" at the Nab.

What are your thoughts ?
 

Jim Currie

Member
That's quite a crowd up there in the Nest, Sam. They would have been very obvious in any of the photographs taken after departure. Particularly the one taken shortly after the New York incident. Has anyone got close-ups of the nest at that time?

By the way, it seems that Olympic did not use her screen during the daytime.
Olypic arrives New York on her maiden voyage.jpg
 

Jim Currie

Member
If you don’t have lookouts posted, why do you need a screen?
When the first lines are ashore. the lookouts are dismissed, Bob.
The Nest screen would be deployed at the same time the navigation lights were switched on. It would be removed when they were switched off. Thus, it would be in place between Sunset to Sunrise
 

Jim Currie

Member
Yes it was.
Since you agree, why was it that there is no sign of that crowd in the following photograph allegedly of Titanic leaving her berth at Southampton?
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Three men can be clearly seen in the above. There seems to be an officer with him yet shortly after that, in the shot of Titanic passing the crowd on the quay, the nest seems empty or there is but a single person in it. Additionally, the 2nd Officer would not be allowed to leave the deck before the last mooring line was brought on board.
 
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Bob_Read

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Jim: You seem to be avoiding the question of why would Titanic and Olympic have aft screens rigged in daylight hours?
 
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