Surely they'd have needed specialist equipment like a couple of acetylene torches and large bolt cutters (things which I'm sceptical they would have had aboard but am happy to be proved wrong if it can be proved they did have them) to jettison the anchors and their chains ? It would also have required taking a number of men away from important duties in the engine or boiler rooms or the boat deck for quite a while too.I am also kind of curious... would there have been any utility in terms of increasing or preserving buoyancy to a ship sinking slowly by the head to intentionally drop her anchors--and by drop I mean intentionally just jettison them?
Not really a phantom I have been chasing, just a curiosity for me. In all honesty it was a thought experiment, since I am not an engineer, about whether or not less weight leads to more positive buoyancy, even a little. So, if the answer is two seconds, then yes it would have made a difference! Just not a meaningful one.If the estimate of the weight of water that Titanic was taking on after the collision is accurate at 400 tons per minute then if you opened a connecting link on both the bower anchor cables and let the anchors go, you would gain just over 2 seconds for your effort. Any more phantoms to chase?
Ah! Thanks for that. I am far from an expert in the Republic. This is helpful, though there is still Wilding's testimony. It is entirely unclear if what Wilding and his interlocutor are discussing the issue because Titanic potentially had the ability to use collision mats; or if they are engaged in 'what if' speculation as to whether or not anything could have been used to save Titanic.RMS Republic apparently did not have collision mats as was previously suggested. Collision mats were used to try to save Republic but the collision mats were supplied by the US revenue cutter Gresham.