I think honestly she broke closer/at 2:18. Too much time for her to sit there vertical, and things when people are in a tragedy or an accident, seems to "slow down" but that's just my opinion.I think they were trying to convey the moment when some witnesses thought the stern would float. Because of this, 2:15-2:17am’s events might have played out faster than what we’re used to seeing.
In terms of the lights, I had always thought that the breakup (early stages (when the double bottom was pushed upwards)) is what caused the lights to go out. Do you think that the break followed a bit later after power failure? Lightoller described the lights going out during the sound described as a “rumbling roar.”
I get the keel buckled upwards, Roy Mengot's research is amazing. But the survivors saw a clean break which not happen if she broke keel up and mushed the upper decks together, which was not visible when looking at the breakup on the bow in 1985. The double bottom keel pieces being bent "upwards" could very well be the exercising of the pieces before they separated.
anyhow, sorry to dump this on you haha
I have always been particularly interested in the last 5 minutes of the Titanic's life with survivor accounts from different perspectives. What I did a couple of years ago over a LONG weekend (that almost cost me my marriage! ) was to collate relevant information from various sources like Walter Lord's A Night To Remember, Titanic by Eaton & Haas, Don Lynch's Titanic: An Illustrated History, Paul Quinn's Titanic at 2 am, of course On A Sea of Glass, Sam Halpern's Centennial Reappraisal, relevant testimonies from Titanic Inquiry Project and so on and tried to make a small timeline of the final moments as I understood it. Based on that IMO (and that only):
In other words, I think the stern lasted no more than a minute on the surface after the break-up.
- Collapsible A floated free just after 02:16 am.
- Lights failed sometime between 02:17 and 02:18 am, likely closer to the latter time.
- The breakup occurred about a minute after the lights failed, ie almost 02:19 am. IMO the flooded bow section either broke away and started to sink immediately or remained attached to the stern at the keel for a few seconds only.
- The stern section started rapidly flooding immediately, rolled to port and then rotated, rose and sank very similar to the way depicted in Cameron's 2012 modification. I believe that the last of the stern sank below the surface a few seconds after 02:20 am.
exactly what I think, good post Arun!