- Mar 7, 2016
Oh, Thanks. I was away for a while, which is why I am late posting.
It appears the survivors could not agree if she sank by the head or by the stern.
"You could see her stern was getting pretty low in the water."
What is puzzling is that he said in 1912 that he 'tried' to pull around to the starboard side but she was listing too much to port and it was too dangerous, so he must have stayed on the port side around the stern, and if she was listing more to port it would dip her porthole lights much lower than if he were observing her from the starboard side. The puzzle is that in his 1962 interview he said he did successfully pull around to the starboard side and may even have rowed 'underneath' the propeller blades. I think the more plausible answer is that the stern was rotating and instead of him rowing around the ship to the starboard side, it was the stern itself that was turning around. One thing that is rarely discussed is how slowly or quickly did the stern rotate e.g. Was it already turning before the bow had completely submerged or was it turning simultaneously as the break up was occurring or was it an after effect that following the break up etc.
This suggests that the stern did not simply rise high into the air and just stay still, but instead she settled back and keeled over, exposing her propellers above the water and giving the impression to those in the water that the stern was sticking up into the air.
I'm having a hard time understand why the stern section would turn around. Any idea on what would cause that?Similar, although they do not show the stern turning fully around and facing the opposite way, and it may have been a very slow turn before she went under. Frank Prentice felt her bobbing. The stern may have submerged, separated completely and then bobbed up again, flooded properly, and sank again.
Here is another version from the PC game - Titanic Adventure Out of Time.
Skip to 5:20. Not exactly accurate, but interesting to see another version.