And this was a major contributing reason, perhaps, why they ran out of time and the last two collapsibles floated of the boat deck. Keeping up with the what if scenario, IF the passengers and crew had known of the dangers early enough, they would have likely started launching the boats sooner and more quickly, and the last two boats (i.e. A and B) would just as likely have been lowered correctly with some time to spare. In this instance--and in this instance only--time might have been available for lowering additional life boats, had there been any. How much time and how many additional boats are both hard to say. I will say, though, that no matter what, there would NOT have been enough time to safely launch another 16, let alone 44, boats.quote:
With so little apparent change in the ship's condition until very late in the sinking process, a number of people saw no reason to take to the boats since the ship appeared to be the safer bet.