Hello all, One thing has puzzled me about Titanic's sinking process for a while now. That being, the rate of the sinking. For the first 40 minutes after the collision, Titanic experienced an incredible rate of flooding in the forward 5 compartments. The flooding was so fast, in fact, that AB Poingdestre found himself waist deep in seawater when a bulkhead separating third class and crew spaces on E Deck, which is pretty high above the waterline, gave way, not even an hour after the collision. After that, Titanic seemed to stop sinking for over an hour. Lookout Symons stated that water was up to the second row of portholes under the ship's name when lifeboat no. 1 was pulling away from the dying liner at about 1:15 a.m. Fred Barrett noted that the focsle wasn't even underwater when pulling away from Titanic at about 1:45 a.m. Fourth Officer Boxhall noted that water was up to E Deck when pulling away from Titanic's starboard side at about 1:55 a.m. The question is, what exactly kept Titanic from settling further than E Deck for such a long time? Is it reaching equilibrium? Am I reading too much into things? I'd love to hear the opinions of you guys on this.