The only way the water level or any other liquid level within a ship can be higher than the sea level outside is if it is contained in a compartment that is not open to the sea. If a compartment is breached, below sea level, the water pours in until it reaches the level of the sea outside then it stops rising. It is a physical impossibility for sea water to enter through a hull breach then rise higher than the outside sea level. Hence the expression "water finds its own level".
Exactly, Jim. If there was instances of water in the Titanic being above the level of the ocean, then it must have been because that water was trapped in an area or compartment at that time and had not yet found a way to spill over.
I spent a good fifteen minutes trying to come up with a title that wouldn't get my question moved to some fourm under news. So forgive me if the thread name is weird (now the actual question. I was wondering about the differences between the outside water level and the water level inside the ship. Was it significant or did the water level inside the ship relatively keep up with the water level outside the ship
As the ship listed heavily to port there would be a difference in the flooding depending on which side the observer was on. e.g. A survivor on the starboard side would see the water rising up to C deck but a survivor on the port side might see the water rising higher up towards the promenade deck as the ship listed more to port. We also have survivors who were deep below decks and came up just as the last boat was leaving. This would suggest the decks below were not flooded despite being well below the waterline. Survivor Charles Joughin was in his cabin on E-deck after 1.30am. This is what he saw.
Q - Was there water on the floor of that passage? (Scotland road corridor)
A - Very little.
Q - As the ship listed over to port the water flowed down into your cabin and left the alleyway from which it came fairly dry?
A - Yes.
Q - Did you see or believe that more water was coming in while you were standing there?
A - I could not see any coming; I did not know where it came from at all.
Q - You have said that when you were down, I think in the pantry, or was it again when you were in your quarters, you heard a noise that you thought was the cracking, the breaking of the ship? What time would that be?
A - A few minutes after I had been to my room, I should say, after half-past one.
In theory that corridor should have been significantly flooded but according to survivors who were down there after 1:30 it was not flooded. In my opinion the water found a path and travelled aft, instead of up. His cabin was almost directly above the main engine room. If water was entering his cabin and not the corridor outside it may have come from open portholes further aft that were spilling water down into his cabin or perhaps the compartment below his feet was flooding and rising up to his cabin, or possibly as this was a few minutes before she broke it may have been water pipes bursting and pouring down into the cabins on the port side, or possibly the hull was slowly breaking open and flooding his cabin as it was right where the ship broke in two.