I have always considered that sentence as more than a bit of artistic licence on Lord's part. While the many of the eventual victims left on board the sinking Titanic after Collapsible D was lowered at 02:05 am maintained a modicum of self-control, there would have been a good deal of shouting, wailing and hurried movement towards the imagined sanctuary of the dry and rising stern. That would have been human natutre under the circumstances and one does not need to be a rocket scientist or a history professor to guess the scenario, which can hardly be described as a "curious calm".Lord mentions that after the last lifeboat was lowered at 2:05 a "curious calm" came over the Titanic.
Agreed completely. The thing that I don't like about books like A Night To Remember, The Maiden Voyage, Titanic: An Illustrated History is that they all try to be too "charming" in their writing style but in so doing with a tragic factual event, make their works appear melodramatic and novelized more than anything else. Lord brought out a lot of exellent facts that became sources of information and research later but I am not a fan of his writing style.ANTR and TNLO are both written in a charming style and are still good as basic primers, but nonetheless they contain a considerable number of inaccuracies.
Another human tendency is that even those of us who no longer accept the old and meaningless adage "old is gold" are reluctant to challenge original or otherwise traditionally accepted works.
Like Suemas, I agree 100% that On A Sea Of Glass, is the absolutly best way the chronology of events of the Titanic's ill-fated voyage should have been presented; the authors limit their licenece to chapter titles, which is fine and gives the book the necessary humane ethos while keeping the content clinical. The narrative, complemented by the superb Appendices section is a fantastic and highly informative piece of work.
I believe Seumas was indulging in a healthy arguement and not "lashing out" at you by any stretch of imagination. I believe it is perfectly OK to question each others' opinions or ask for explanations in a "politely firm" manner. Yes, I accept that Seumas, myself and perhaps one or two others have lashed out at an ex-member in the past but while the mods rightly considered those posts as inappropriate, it was only after we were pushed beyond a certain limit. I believe you can guess who and what I am taking about and so I will go no further.One needs to offer counter evidence. But this is what you did in this case, and I greatly appreciate it. But kindly don't lash out at me just because I quote Lord. Just offer the counter evidence, as you did here.
I can say here and now that I greatly appreciate the points that you make and the manner in which you present them and hope for continued exchanges with you. That may occasionally involve disagreement but if so, it would only be a difference of opinion and no more. I believe that such healhty arguments between educated and intelligent people adds 'spice' of these forums.