- Oct 5, 2016
What was the point of the lights at the base of the funnels? They only light up a tiny portion of the entirety of it:
Never happened in any of ships I served in, Robert. It should be remembered that up until the advent of frequent flyers, passenger ships were the main mode of transport across the seas. In port, they were empty so no need to light up the funnels. At sea, it would have been a great big no-no.That seems to be one of the features of the Hotel Queen Mary.
Would that have been true doing its sailing days ?
How about present day ships ?
I got that picture from the site of "The Remarkable Life and Mysterious Heritage of Jacques Futrelle"...The Remarkable Life and Mysterious Heritage of Jacques Futrelle.The funnels were not lighted, there was no use to do so. (The photograph taken by Francis Brown show actually Percival White.)
I think the floodlights were just part of the Hollywood effects to allow the audience to see the ship in more detail. I believe the survivors could see the funnels even when the lights went out as the starlight would cast a bright shine onto the funnels. Survivor Mr. Collins was asked:
Q - If it was dark, how could you see?
A - We were not too far off. I saw the white of the funnel. Then she turned over again, and down she went..