When the Titanic went down the survivors heard a chorus of screams and yells, but some of them thought the victims were cheering with happiness. Perhaps it was too traumatic for many survivors to accept what they were hearing and they chose to believe the victims were cheering and not screaming. This resulted in several lifeboats cheering back with rejoice. Such a horrible mistake to make. Do you believe this false optimism delayed the response of the lifeboats to return and pick up survivors because they assumed the 'big cheer' was not a valid reason to return to the scene? Survivor Edith Rosenbaum "Preceding the sinking of the boat, there was a loud cry, as if emanating from one throat. The men in our boat asked the women to cheer, saying 'Those cheers that you hear on the big boat mean they have all gotten into lifeboats and are saved.' and do you know, that we actually cheered, believing that the big shout was one of thanksgiving." Survivor Frank Evans "We heard these cries, but we took them to be the boats that went away from the starboard side of the ship; that they were cheering one another, sir. Q - Giving them encouragement? A - Giving them encouragement, sir. Q - Did you not hear the cries of anyone in distress? A - No, sir. .