- Apr 21, 2009
The highlighted part is the key phrase, Julian. IMO, Lightoller was NOT telling the truth.I am following Arun's line of thought quite carefully, and after Bride was recalled for the final time on 23rd May 1912, he was followed by Lightoller being recalled. He had listened to Bride giving his testimony for the final time, and surprise surprise Lightoller's meal break was at the time of Bride's acknowledgement of The Californian - Antillian message! So if Bride took the message to the bridge it would have been Murdoch or Lowe to whom it was delivered to, if Lightoller was telling the truth.
IMO, of all the vague and ambiguous statements made by Lightoller during the inquiries, the one about him being conveniently away on a meal break when the Californian-Antillian message was (or could have been, if you prefer) delivered sounds the most made-up. I know that Lightoller had to eat at some stage but fitting that into a timeframe when a crucial message was delivered to the bridge on his duty period, supposedly to a man who died in the disaster and so could not challenge that statement sounds far too contrived to me. That was only one of many questionable statements that Lightoller made and you are assuming that Bride did not deliver the Californian-Antillian message to the bridge based almost entirely on the Second Officer's deposition.