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;
The exception is a large vessel operating in confined waters. It is encumbered for small and sailing vessels to stay out of way of a large vessel in a narrow channel simply because they can, while the large vessel is confined to navigate within the channel because of their draft.The rules of the road make a powered vessel burdened when encountering a sailing vessel.
What brings you to believe that Smith charged into a known ice-field in the middle of the night, Georges? Where is the incontrovertible proof that he did so?