- Jul 8, 1999
Sorry to hijack this quote from another thread, but I felt that it was more relevant here.Captain Smith RIP was wrong, you cant argue about that since his ship is in the bottom of the ocean. He trusted his people to supply him information but he didnt establish strict routine practices other then the common ones which didnt match the ice warnings that they recived and caused them to miss at least 2 warnings that were important.
IMO, there is something in what James is saying although I think it would be difficult to use the word "wrong" where a chain of interconnected events might have contributed to the disaster. After all, at the end of the day the Captain was also a human being and none of us are perfect.
I do believe that Captain Smith might have been rather lax in making his presence felt on board the Titanic. Several works comment about lifeboat drills not carried out, which IMO would have been important if, again as some works claim, the Welin davits being used were of a relatively new type. And yes, I also feel (especially after reading Paul Lee's article http://www.paullee.com/titanic/icewarnings.php) that there should have been a better organized routine for ALL ice warnings to be handed to the bridge and thereafter posted in the chart room. Phillips and Bride might not have been White Star employees, but once on board the Titanic, they too would be subject to carrying out Captain Smith's instructions, even if he could not order them directly in the conventional sense. If Smith had told the radio operators specifically that any ice warning, no matter how trivial, had to be passed to the bridge asap irrespective of the volume of private traffic they had on hand, I am sure they would have followed his instructions. I think the 'scenic route' taken by the Baltic ice warning is an important case in point.