- Oct 3, 2017
I too would’ve thought he meant the stern section.Lightoller said - "The ship took a dive, reeling for a moment, then plunging." It is uncertain what he meant when he said "reeling for a moment." He may have been describing the bow section or the stern section. The word reeling means 'to lose ones balance' - sway, roll, rock, lurch. He may have been observing the stern after it broke and watched it roll over heavily to port as it lost balance after breaking before it plunged down, or he may have been describing the bow reeling and throwing the funnels off as it rolled from side to side. I think he was describing the stern after it settled back and rolled onto its port side before going down.
How many people other than Lightoller said the ship sank intact? Was it three others?