Hi Paulo, how are you? Bill Wormstedt, George Behe and I have done extensive research on the lifeboat launch sequence and times. Our findings regarding this, along with all of the evidence cited, are available at the following links:
Lifeboat Launching Sequence Re-Examined
Table 2 Launch Times Re-Examined
I hope that this helps with your project, and I hope it turns out well.
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Tad Fitch and his colleagues Kent Leyton & Bill Wormstedt co-authored the best book so far on the disaster itself. It is called On A Sea of Glass and is a must buy book. Very well researched and written; a deliberate slow read to take in all the details, meant for a genuine Titanic enthusiast and not a shallow and 'novelized' commercially orientated work like Titanic: An Illustrated History. Ken Marschall's excellent paintings were the only really good thing about that latter book.Mr. Fitch, not familiar with him so can't say.
I know what you mean, but that's just for convenience and orientation. Most of us human beings live by the clock and if you think about it, are too "five minute orientated". If I asked 10 different people to meet me at exactly 11:45 am, not one of them would think there was anything odd about it. But if I had said 11:42 am instead, just about all of them would have raised their eyebrows at the very least.But when I first looked at that revised list and others before that...the exact 5 minutes between boats seem a little too neat and clean for me. Just a minor observation that stands out to me.
I am sure there must be information somewhere about how long it took to fill Titanic type lifeboats during boat drills. But on the actual night of the sinking, would have thought it would be rather difficult quantify. There was a good deal of hesitation among passengers to board early lifeboats like #7, #5 and #8 so much so that even Murdoch was forced to lower a few only partially filled - and that after allowing willing men to board and making up numbers with crew. But after about 01:00 am the seriousness of the situation started to dawn on everyone and so loading would have been more rapid.Is there a time table how long it took to fill each boat up before launching?