>>Mr Ismay cared more about luxuary than for safety.<<
Have you ever read "The Night LIves on" by Walter Lord? One of the chapters deals with some of the issues you mention. He points out the fact that nearly all passenger liners representing most of the major companies circa 1912 had lifeboat accomadations that were as bad, or worse, than those on Titanic. So if Ismay was guilty of greed over luxury, he certainly had a lot of company.
If you check out the British Inquiry (I think its near the end), there is a long section that compares lifeboat capacity between the various ships of various lines, including Cunard's Mauratania (which I think had room for less than 1000.)
As managing director of IMM, Ismay was responsible for the company's finacial performance. Although his father had founded White Star, it had been bought by IMM, a large American trust in 1901. From that point onward, Ismay was the CEO of a public corporation, not the absolute owner of White Star like his father had been. IMM was finaced by the very powerful American banker and architect of US Steel, JP Morgan. Morgan himself was on the board of directors at IMM. As arguably the most finacially powerful private citizen in modern history, Morgan's mere presence was no doubt a factor in the decision making process. Lord Pirrie (president of Harland & Wolff) was on the board as well. As managing director of IMM, Ismay was in between those sort of people on one hand, and the stockholders on the other (talk about being between a rock and a hard place!).
The position of managing director for a $170 million dollar corporation (and remember, this was 1912!) must have required an exceptionally strong and talented leader. Unfortunately, Ismay does not seem to have been up to the job, and was probably in over his head. He got the job because he was Tom Ismay's son, and White Star's management (Ismay included) sort of came with package when IMM bought the line. Ismay junior just wasn't the sort of man to stand up and be an industry pioneer on the issue of lifeboats. Neither Albert Ballin, or any of Imay's contemporaries, seem to have been either for that matter.
>>One person whose name was Alexander Carlisle came to Mr Ismay and told him how concerned we was about the fact that there wasn't enough life boats. And I think that Mr Carlisle was right,and had there been more life boats on board more people could have been saved.<<
True, but there's more to the story. The most probable reason Carlisle had for putting in those Wellin davits with the extra capacity seems to have been to cover the company's buttocks in case the Board of Trade decided to change the lifeboat requirements, (since there was apparently some sort of buzz going around the industry that this might be the case). It is doubtful that his motives were entirely humane.
When Ismay and the other board members rejected the extra lifeboats, Carlisle meekly signed off on the decision. When asked by Lord Mersey "Why on Earth did you sign it?", Carlisle admitted to being "soft on the day I signed that", or words close to that. This man, who was supposed to have been an iron fisted autocrat in the shipyard, apparently turned into a p~~~~ cat when it came to standing up to his bosses. So, in a way, you could argue that Carlise was just as big of a coward as Ismay. If you want to find out more on this subject, again, I would recommend "The Night Lives On". Most library's have it.
Cheers, Rob H.