Be careful, Steven/ Claiming to actually have witnessed a dark night at sea might be construed as wish-craft and you could be burned at the alter of the Goddess Myth. the "mythtress" of many of those posting on this site.Binoculars gather light - even in the "dark ages" of 1912. There is no such thing as total darkness in the open air. At sea, on a dark moonless night with no wind or swell, the sea appears black compared to the sky. If the stars were setting or rising right on the horizon then you have a distinct marker. At the scene of the disaster, survivors were able to see the sinking ship outlined in black after the lights went out. You would know all this if you had spent 10 minutes aboard a ship on such a night.
I was always amazed just how bright it could be at sea at night by just starlight. I often had to go out when the the ship was blacked out to take mag temps on our flare lockers just above the fantail. After a few minutes to let your eyes adjust it was something to see. The conditions described the night of Titanic were very much the same. At least as far as starlight goes. Robert if you went to sea you were a sailor...you just weren't an AB. But even if you never went to sea and were in the Navy I would still you call you a sailor. My sister retired as an MCPO (E-9). 28 years. She was an airdale and before the time women were allowed on ships. Never set foot on a ship. But she had as much or more of a right to be called a sailor in the US NAVY than I did. I don't think they had E-8 and E-9's when you were in.
Hi AlexP,First, Sam should explain the testimony of the survivors from the lifeboat #8, as well as many other testimonies that are inconsistent with13-14 miles distance between the two.
I’ve studied and practiced navigation for over 40 years and still learning!Hi George,
You seem to be pretty clue up on navigation issues and with others too.
I known this subject has be raise before and perhaps you could refresh me on how far can one see a distress rocket be seen on a clear night? Then there is the bang noise of the shooting stars how far can that be heard as to the Board of Trade regulations?