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RMS Titanic in detail
Ships that may have stood still
Navigational Inconsistencies of the SS Californian
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[QUOTE="Paul Slish, post: 26787, member: 141195"] Thanks Jim for your detailed and informative answer. I listened to a tape recorded interview of Captain Lord by Leslie Harrison done on February 11, 1961. Lord was 83.5 years old then and he gets a few things mixed up as to sequence or persons from what occurred in 1912. But overall his mind was still pretty sharp, and at times he spoke with real conviction. This was 49 years after the disaster, and less than a year before Lord died. Captain Lord said twice that he met Chief Officer Stewart about 8:15 p.m. as Stewart was coming off the bridge and Lord was ready to ascend. The impression I got was any conversation was brief. Lord emphasized that he intended to stay on the bridge until Stewart returned at 4:00 a.m. the next day. Lord's task was to keep a sharp lookout for ice. He said it was the Captain's duty to be on the bridge in any "doubtful waters." He apparently felt confident in leaving the ship in charge of Chief Officer Stewart (same age as Lord), but Lord wanted to be on the bridge in "doubtful waters" when either Stone or Groves was the OOW. Of course now we know the Californian stopped about 10:20 p.m. and once everything was in order Lord felt comfortable enough to lie down on the couch in the chart room, but remained fully dressed. Lord also explained the procedure for posting the course on a blackboard that the helmsman could observe, and how the officers were to verify the course was being held. He said there was no leeway that night before they stopped. "Q88. And she was stopped then in ice? Lord: Oh she was stopped, and it takes a few minutes to stop a ship going full speed. Q89. And the position was given to — Lord: The position was given. Correct position. No cooking or anything at all about it. That was - Mersey seemed to think the positions were wrong. They were not. There was no fooling or falsifying of any position at all. Q90. And this was at ten-twenty, when you [stopped]? Lord: Ten twenty." "Q212. Well you fitted in better with theory. Those then are the first two points. The third one, I think as a navigator, is probably one of the key ones. You reported an iceberg in a latitude five miles to the southward of — three icebergs. You reported three icebergs which were also reported by the Parisian in approximately the same position. So you must have been up to the Norrard of those icebergs. Lord: We were. Q213. Now, if you plot the position of the icebergs, and the reported position of the Titanic sinking, which was accepted by the inquiry, but which you dispute; but if you take the reported [SOS] position, that is where the Mount Temple eventually found herself, and you take another position five miles to the north, which is where Lord Mersey says you where, or ten miles to the north, which is where his assessors say you were, to get to either of those positions, the five miles or the ten miles, your ship from passing the icebergs at half past five must have steered a course either ten degrees to port, or twenty degrees to port. Lord: Yes. I didn’t, did I? Q214. Did you ever - Lord: No. Never. Q215. The head of the ship was — those alterations of course were - Lord: Oh, it’s ridiculous. There’s no question about [it]. Everything was going along, spick and span. The logbook was filled out correctly. And we — I laid the course and she made the course. Q216. North 61 West magnetic? Lord: Was that it? Q217. Now, Stewart left the bridge at eight and he would hand over the course? Lord: To the third officer. Q218. Who would normally check it, both on the slate, and with the quartermaster? Lord: Yes. We had, in my recollection, we had a blackboard there, with the chart course written on it for the man to [inaudible: keep?] right, so he couldn’t make any mistakes Q219. You were on the bridge from eight until the ship stopped? Lord: From twenty past eight. Q220. So Groves would be keeping a somewhat keener interest in things? Lord: You would think so. He was on watch. The left wing, port wing of the bridge, and I was on the starboard wing, and [a] little inside [inaudible: the extreme lee?] standing by the telegraph. Q221. So the ship must have steered either North 51 West, sorry North 71 West, or North 81 West, to have made these, either of these positions which Lord Mersey Lord: Oh, it’s perfectly ridiculous. No such thing ever happened in any ship. A course is laid, and the officer on the bridge sees that it’d steered, and the man at the wheel gets it from the man before him, and the two courses are checked by the two officers, and no question of that. The officer even gives the course to the man who is relieving. And he checks it at once, by looking at the compass. Q222. So to get to these two positions then, you must somehow or other have been pushed to the southward, and as you say, it is in the highest degree unlikely that the chief officer, the third officer and you yourself could have failed to detect a deviation of course of ten or twenty degrees to port? Lord: Oh, you couldn’t make any mistake. Q223. The only other alternative is a set [current], or leeway - Lord: There couldn’t possibly have been. There wasn’t the wind to give us leeway. We were making a good course, steady course, everything was going along smooth and satisfactory. All I was afraid of was ice, and that’s why I was on the bridge. Told the chief officer I would stay there until he came back at - or until daylight. " [/QUOTE]
I which year did the Titanic sail?