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Practice of lifeboat loading ??

Discussion in 'Collision / Sinking Theories' started by Moj, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. Moj

    Moj Member

    I have a queation regarding the preparation and the practice for crew and officers before the beginning of voayage.
    Was there such a thing ? I mean at the time of titanic what was the regulations regarding the practice for crew so that everyone know at the time of an emergency what they are supposed to do and how to do it exactly ?
    Had they even tried the lifeboats before ?
    Im sure there probably wasnt anything like that for the passengers . So that they know where anyone should go at the time of emergency .
    And what was the thought regarding the alert for the passengers ? I mean how were they supposed to know what was the news with the ship ? Was there a radio or a special alert sound inside the ship ?
    What was supposed to be the way of communication between the captain and the passengers in case of emergency ?
  2. Jim Currie

    Jim Currie Member

    I suggest you log onto titanicinquiry.org There, you will find the transcripts of the evidence. Then go to the evidence given by the surviving officers. You will find a whole lot of information on lifeboat drill there.
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  3. Yes there were several drill aboard, during the time the ship was in harbour as well as when under way.
    Regarding passengers, the bedroom stewards were responsible to look for their passengers (every bedroom steward had his cabins he was responsible for).

    You might find this summery interesting.

    The forgotten drills aboard Titanic
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  4. This is something for the "maritime experts" on these forums, but I thought I would post what I have read and they can correct me if I'm wrong.

    I understand that lifeboat drills were required ?
    Also that a lifeboat drill had been scheduled but had been cancelled by Captain Smith
    There had been tests of lowering and recovering lifeboats during the sea trials ?

    Also, due to outdated regulations, there were not enough lifeboats for all on board - passengers and crew ?
    If all were filled to capacity, there were only enough lifeboats for even about half of those aboard, about 1100 for the 2200 on board. If the ship had been filled to (capacity of about 3500 I believe) there would have been only enough for about one third ot all persons on board. As it was, only about 700 out of 2200 were saved.....
    1500 lost !

    There weren't any public address systems or anything like that in those times and the only way to notify the passengers was by word of mouth from the stewards.This was a problem in Steerage since many of them could not speak or uhderstand English ?

    Of course, there is probably a lot more to "The Titanic Lifeboat Question/Problem" ?

    Were crew members assigned to a specific lifeboat ?
    Passengers ? (But how could this be even done, considering the capacity of the lifeboats ?)?

    I understand that all ships were required to carry enough lifeboats for all only after the Titanic tragedy ?
    Are all passengers and crew given a specific lifeboat assignment and drills are conducted regularly on ships today ?
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
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  5. Moj

    Moj Member

    Thanks. I had not seen this link. It was very helpful.

    But it seems that all the drills were only for the crew and the officers and stewrds. Nothing involving the passengers were required.

    As about an alerting system . Is there such a thing in big cruise line nowadays ?
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  6. Moj

    Moj Member

    Hi, if you go to the link provided above your posts there are the answers to some of your and mine s questions there. Apparently there was a list each boat assigned to someone. But it didnt happen like that .

    What amazes me though is that if the officals themselves would looked at the regulations they would know that there was a lot of vague points and unsafe scenarios in that . They couldnt possibly begin to answer the requirements of a ship with that size and the amount of passengers.
    Which is why I think they most probaby were certain that the ship WAS in fact unsinkable or at least anythinh that could pose a danger will give them enough time to wander around comfortably and evacuate the ship slowly.

    Im not sure what todays regulations anf drill are specially in some cruise lines with more than 3000 passengers.
  7. The drills were only for the crew, not for passengers.

    There was no alert system as it is today on cruise ships.
  8. coal eater

    coal eater Member

    did they tested the lifeboats in belfast before fateful voyage?