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I definitely do!
I definitely do!
I would imagine the best and only explanation for this is that the wheelhouse was empty and everyone was busy uncovering lifeboats and preparing to abandon ship.We stopped about 20 minutes, and lifted up the back cover of the nest, the weather cover, and I saw people running about with life belts on. I went to the telephone then, to try to ring up on the bridge and ask whether I was wanted in the nest, when I saw this. I could get no answer on the telephone."
Thanks, however Fleet and Hichens testified there was an immediate reply. Yet Fleet said outside the Inquiry there was no reply, and even contradicted himself at the Inquiry when he declared that he turned around to use the phone and had his back to the iceberg and continued to wait for a reply and heard his mate Reginald Lee say the ship was already turning, and Fleet ended up calling out over the phone 'Is there anybody there?'. Both Boxhall and Olliver were approaching the bridge and yet neither of them heard Moody call out "iceberg ahead, sir!" which could imply that Moody never received the message from the lookouts because nobody answered the phone.Hi Aaron,
I don't read it that way. The inference for me is that there was no need to verbally reply and confirm the information. The Officer would act as soon as he'd been given the message over the phone, not delay in engaging in telephone etiquette.
Just my opinion.
The phones would have been used by the pilot and officers when docking and undocking, and most likely the board of trade during its trials, so I can not imagine the phone not working and nobody doing anything about it.Thanks, was it possible for there to be a mechanical fault which did not allow the bell to ring on the bridge, or if the plunger was not depressed far enough to allow the bell to ring, or retracted far enough to allow incoming calls to be received? Trying to understand why nobody answered the phone on the bridge. It was her maiden voyage, so my first thought would be a mechanical failure. I recall one of the stewards said some of the service bells in the first class staterooms were not working, some of the rooms were not properly furnished yet, the heating in 2nd class also refused to work properly, and I recall one of the day visitors who boarded the ship in Southampton said there were loose wires hanging off the ceilings. It paints a picture of a ship that is not ready to set sail, but is going anyway.
One thing missing from this great description is that the phones were connected to the lighting circuit with a back up battery.See this article on Titanic's bridge and this photo of the Graham Navy type telephone. Titanic had four telephones on the bridge, all of which were direct connections that did not need to be routed through the switchboard. The telephones were connected the crow's nest, the Reciprocating Engine Room, the docking bridge, and one of two locations on the forecastle, near the anchor handling gear. As the photo indicates, the telephones had a plunger that, when depressed, would ring a bell on the other end. So, when the lookouts pressed the button on their phone, the crow's nest telephone on the bridge rang.