Too easy going perhaps? Here is the exact exchange of words between Smith and Bowyer in the seconds before Hawke struck Olympic:However, I think that Capt. Smith was very cooperative and an easy going person. Two qualities needed to assure a calm and serine bridge team work management and endeavor.
Titanic's fictional twin the ''Titan'' certainly had a Sail Area! I let myself out...
How the ''Titan'' would have appeared in [bcolor=rgb(252, 252, 255)]Morgan Robertson[/bcolor] ''Futility'' or ''Wreck Of The Titan'' (1898).
Too easy going perhaps? Here is the exact exchange of words between Smith and Bowyer in the seconds before Hawke struck Olympic:
Captain Smith: “I do not believe he will go under our stern Bowyer.”
Bowyer: “If she is going to strike let me know in time to put our helm hard-aport.”
Smith did not reply immediately, and a few seconds later Bowyer asks: “Is she going to strike us or not, sir?”
Smith: “Yes Bowyer, she is going to strike us in the stern.”
Bowyer calls out: “Hard-aport!” and helmsman QM Albert Haines just manages to get Olympic’s wheel over hard to his right when Hawke struck.
(This comes from trial transcripts.)
Long time ago now, Rob, but I think it was about 45 days. Can you remember the names of the barges?.
Bang-on Martin!No, the ''S'' shaped turn was done on April 11th between Lands End and Queenstown. Plus you can't see any land. Both photos though were taken by Francis Browne and I use this website for my research: http://www.titanicphotographs.com/Browne/indexfatherbrowne.html
Prior to all that the Hawke and Olympic were on what appeared to be parallel courses. Smith was out on the starboard wing. Bowyer was by the helmsman on the forward part of the bridge. It was soon after Olympic steadied on her course having turned the West Bramble buoy and her engines were ordered to full ahead again. (The port engine having been going full astern while rounding the buoy with the turbine disconnected.) The Olympic was accelerating at the time. According to Smith's testimony:Perhaps the little pause between Bower's question and Smith's answer was during the time a bearing of the approaching warship was being taken. That is the only way Smith could have been sure there was going to be a collision.
The rules of the road make a powered vessel burdened when encountering a sailing vessel. This makes sense when they are in a crossing situation and both able to freely maneuver. But, when a 100,000-ton aircraft carrier (or probably the Titanic) comes into a port, it is common for small sailboats to flit around all over the place. In practice, then, the rules of the road are suspended.The wake looks as if Titanic 'raced' her. By that, I mean that the rules dictated that a vessel under power should keep clear of one under sail. The wake shows that Titanic did not stop for that vessel;