Huh? If sworn testimony isn't spoken word, what is it? Four men told two inquiries that the STOP orders and impact happened contemporaneously. Not one of hundreds of witnesses told either inquiry that the deck heaved up and down or vibrated or threw anyone off his feet (as is commonly reported in switching from full ahead to full astern). Many survivors said the first inkling they got that anything had happened was that the steady thrum of the engines had stopped. I would give more credence to inquiry transcripts any day than to sea stories I heard down at the local.quote:
Regarding testimony and theories, I only deal with fact and experience and continue to believe the spoken word from those that were there.
Firstly, I do not admit that David is using a "blustering defence for an indefensible position" so please don't assume that I do. This is your opinion and you are entitled to it, but that does not make you right. Testimony from the Inquiries can never be the "whole truth" because of the environment in which it is given and I value therefore David's anecdotal and professional evidence. I respect also his right to keep confidences. BTW, this does not mean that I assume his every word is Gospel or that I ignore what was said at the Inquiries.quote:
I am trying to induce Mr. Haisman to come out from behind his "well I know a lot of stuff but I won't talk about it here" which, you must admit, comes off as a blustering defense for an indefensible position. If he has evidence (anecdotal or otherwise) that everyone else is wrong, then let him present it.