But then you say:quote:
Well, that may be true, but having had more lifeboats meant that there would have been a better chance for more people to survive. If worse came to worst, cut the lines and let some of the boats float off as the ship went down. I don't think it's too unrealistic to presume that those in the water would have scurried for the empty boats. They did so for Collapsibles A & B. As a matter of fact, knowing how cold that water was, I'm certain as a dollar that those boats would have been attacked quickly by those in the water.
What happened happened--that's it! When you consider the level of knowledge and technology that was available at that time, combined with the panic and desperation, not to mention the fact that the crew had their hands full, there wasn't anything more significant that could likely have been done (perhaps, except, add more people to the earlier lifeboats). There was a tragedy--a horrible tragedy, yes--and nothing we can do will ever change that. All of our insights, all of our conjectures, questions, speculations come out of what happened that night, not to mention following tragedies, so applying all this to the Titanic is anachronistic and inanely out-of-place.
And so they had no boat drills, many crew members (excluding the deck crews) were not trained in loading and lowering lifeboats or how to row, there were no plans in place for gathering and loading passengers in an organized manner beforehand, many officers did not realize the boats could be filled to capacity and lowered safely. And you can add to list the belief that having lifeboats for all was unnecessary since these ships were built to stay afloat under the worst imagined accident. The lifeboats were expected to be transfer vehicles, not life savings apparatus. Changes to these concepts came about as a result of the Titanic tragedy and lessons learned. I don't think anybody is trying to figure out ways the tragedy could have been avoided except in trying to understand better why things happened the way they did.quote:
Nobody expected these little wooden boats would ever be used.