For years, I have read all the attempted exculpations proffered by "Lordites” in defense of the Californian’s captain. We can argue how far his ship was from the Titanic, and we can argue what if anything he could have accomplished had he set sail for the stricken Titanic in a timely fashion. But one aspect of this incident that I hold cannot be debated, cannot be extenuated, is that Captain Lord failed to give the common sense, precautionary order that the wireless operator be woken when he received word of a rocket having been fired. There was not and never could be any justifiable reason for his failing to give that order. (He admitted to having had word of one rocket having been fired; others claim he had word of more.) It is utterly indefensible! This has bugged me for years.