Lightoller a hero or a zero

Was Lightoller really a hero!

  • Yes he was

    Votes: 3 27.3%
  • No he wasn't

    Votes: 1 9.1%
  • Not a hero but also not a zero

    Votes: 7 63.6%

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Haashir Ahmad

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Lightoller was the highest ranked crew member to survive. he just barely escaped the ship itself but for some he was hailed as a hero!
was he worthy of this role, now he did order crew members to open the gangway doors which did cause the angling of how the ship sank, the crew also never came back as they were presumed dead after carrying out their final order! Lightoller also denied men to come in the boat when no women would! He refused to launch a boat at its full capacity! Now people hail him as a hero but I really don't understand why? Was it because of him staying at his post until he got threw into the water! Well Moody denied the chance to get into a boat and gave his seat to 5th officer Harold Lowe. Murdoch and Wilde also stayed at their posts until the very end sadly not being able to escape! Was it Lightoller's miraculous escape that hot him he's heroism, because his escape was just pure luck, all he did was be lucky enough to be able to survive so in my books he's not exactly a zero but definitely not a hero!
 

Arun Vajpey

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With respect, I don't think this is a mature poll. IMO, Lightoller was certainly no hero on the night that the Titanic went down. But no one who qualifies as the officer of a major shipping line can be a described as a 'zero'. Furthermore, that term does not really explain what it stands for.
 
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Aly Jones

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Somewhere in the middle. Not a zero but not perfect that night either. He still did his job for the time he was living in. These days officers would had reacted differently.
 

Arun Vajpey

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Since the accident and the outcome was an "abnormal" situation, assessing individual personnel is not straightforward. Certainly, Lightoller did not do anything that could be described as "totally wrong" or similar. He discharged his duty in the way he understood it but people - including me - have rightfully questioned his understanding and logical application of the "women and children first" order. He felt that it meant them ONLY, which it clearly did not. Murdoch on the other hand, used more logic and common sense by allowing men when there was room and no women or children in the immediate vicinity.
 
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