- Jun 23, 2017
Excellent information there thanks Samuel, and Ioannis as well. Good primary sources.David said: "It is a schematic drawing, not a builders plan or an iron plan."
This is from the builders plan David:
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By the way, the bunker bulkheads were not constructed to be watertight as in the sense of watertight bulkhead. They even had very small drain holes cut in them at the bottom to allow any water buildup at the bottom of the bunker that may accumulate from whatever reason to drain out onto the tank top under the stokehold plates. You can see them in the above builder's drawing. But what Beauchamp described was water filling a bunker quite rapidly that was coming through the bunker door and spilling out over the plates near him.
Beauchamp was very poor in estimating time durations when asked about things weeks after the events took place. For example:
668a. (The Commissioner.) How soon do you suppose after the order to “Stop” came from the bridge did the watertight doors close? - In less than five minutes.
But 1/O Murdoch was seen at the WTD control switch as the ship was striking the iceberg. Those doors drop closed in less than 30 seconds.
May I ask your thoughts on the matter Samuel? Specifically how quickly boiler room 6 flooded and the location and movements of Beauchamp?