Nested Lifeboats


Dave Gittins

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In the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, efforts were made to cram many lifeboats onto ships that were too short to hold many boats under davits in the usual way. One "solution" was to carry nested boats, with small boats placed inside boats about 30' long and under the same davits. Could somebody, such as Captain Currie, enlighten me on how these boats were to be lowered in an emergency. It strikes me as a very unseamanlike arrangement, but it wasn't banned until the 1960s.
 
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Fernando MG

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Could somebody, such as Captain Currie, enlighten me on how these boats were to be lowered in an emergency. It strikes me as a very unseamanlike arrangement, but it wasn't banned until the 1960s.
There was a video in Youtube which showed a lifeboat drill onboard the italian liner SS Conte Biancamano. She had nested lifeboats and Welin davits, identical to Olympic. The video now appears to have been removed, but basicly, in each set of nested lifeboats, the "big one" was attached to the davits by a set of ropes, and the smaller one with a different set of ropes. When they swing out both boats (still nested), they launched first the big one (loading it from the promenade deck below), and then the smaller one. At least, that´s how the video showed that. I suppose on Olympic it was very similar. Hope it helps!!
 

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