Markus, you will have a very hard time finding anyone in the historical record claiming that the log registered 126 miles at 6pm.The log was read at 6 pm and indicated 126 miles.
'Fraid not. No way did Titanic move after Captain Smith got the bad news 10 minutes after impact.
Thomas Dillon said:3720. Was anything done to the engines? Did they stop or did they go on?
- They stopped.
3721. Was that immediately after you felt the shock or some little time after?
- About a minute and a half.
3722. Did they continue stopped or did they go on again after that?
- They went slow astern.
3723. How long were they stopped for before they began to go slow astern?
- About half a minute.
3724. For how long did they go slow astern?
- About two minutes.
3725. Two or three did you say?
- Two minutes.
3726. And then did they stop again?
3727. And did they go on again after that?
- They went ahead again.
3728. For how long?
- For about two minutes.
Mahala Douglas said:The vibration as one passed the stairway in the center was very noticeable. The shock of the collision was not great to us; the engines stopped, then went on... then stopped again.
Fredrick Scott said:5608. And you told us you heard what was going on in the main engine room?
- The telegraph?
5609. Yes, I want you to tell my Lord what it was?
- They rang down "Stop," and two greasers on the bottom rang the telegraph back to answer it. Then they rang down "Slow ahead." For ten minutes she was going ahead. Then they rang down "Stop," and she went astern for five minutes.
5610. (The Commissioner.) The orders were "Stop," "Slow ahead," and then "Astern"?
- No, it was "Stop," and then "Astern." She went astern for five minutes. Then they rang down "Stop."
5611. "Stop," "Slow ahead" - 10 minutes, you say?
- Yes, about 10 minutes.
5612. Then "Stop" again?
- Yes, "Stop"; then she went astern for about five minutes.
5613. (The Attorney-General.) Did you hear the order about "Astern"?
- Well, it was on the telegraph.
5614. What was the order?
- "Go astern" - "Slow astern." Then they rang down "Stop," and I do not think the telegraph went after that.
5615. A telegram came "Stop"?
- Yes, and I do not think the telegraphs went after that.
5616. (The Attorney-General.) The first order you heard was "Stop"?
5617. Did the engines stop before the order came "Slow ahead"?
- Oh, yes.
5618. They did stop?
5619. Then when the engines had stopped the order came "Slow ahead"?
5620. Can you tell us at all what time passed between the order "Stop" and "Slow ahead"?
- I should say about 10 minutes or a quarter of an hour.
5621. "Stop," of course, comes at once?
- It comes at once. They cannot stop the engines at once.
5622. That is what I want. They cannot stop them at once?
- No; they are bound to let the steam get out of the cylinder first, otherwise they would blow the cylinder covers off if they tried to stop them at once.
5623. You would not know how long it would take to stop the engines?
- No, I do not.
5624. I think you said ten minutes to a quarter of an hour "stop," then ten minutes "slow ahead" and then again "stop"?
5625. Then how long between "stop" and "slow astern"?
- I suppose that was a matter of about four or five minutes.
5626. That is between "stop" and "slow astern." And how long between "slow astern" and "stop" for the last time?
- Five minutes.
5627. Did you hear those orders given before you went to the aftermost tunnel?
5628. So that all this which you have told us happens before you go to release your mate?
Alfred Oliver said:Senator BURTON: Was she backed?
Mr. OLLIVER: Not whilst I was on the bridge. But, whilst on the bridge she went ahead, after she struck. She went half speed ahead.
Senator BURTON: The engines went half speed ahead, or the ship?
Mr. OLLIVER: Half speed ahead, after she hit the ice.
Sentator BURTON: Who gave the order?
Mr. OLLIVER: The captain telegraphed half speed ahead.
Lawrence Beesely said:[after the collision] the ship now resumed her course, moving very slowly through the water with a little white line of foam on each side. I think we were all glad to see this: it seemed better than standing still...we were much pleased to hear the engines throbbing down below and to know we were making some headway...”
Henry Stengel said:Senator SMITH. How long after the impact was it before the engines were stopped?
Mr. STENGEL. A very few minutes.
Senator SMITH. Give the number of minutes, if you can. You are accustomed to machinery and matters of this kind.
Mr. STENGEL. I should say two or three minutes, and then they started again just slightly; just started to move again. I do not know why; whether they were
backing off, or not. I do not know. I hardly thought they were backing off, because there was not much vibration of the ship.
Col. Gracie said:I dressed hurriedly and went up to the Boat Deck. It was a beautiful night, cloudless, and the stars were shining brightly. If another ship had struck us there was no trace of it, and it did not yet occur to me that we might have collided with an iceberg.
I had expected to see some of the ship's officers on the Boat Deck, but there was none, only a middle-aged couple promenading unconcernedly, arm in arm, against the wind.