Jake: re sailor stories
I suppose this could very well be the case, but would they really charge the crew for obeying the Masters command on the vessel? But, it would make some sense... it is telling that there are NO family stories at all as well. I can promise you my grandfather would have told the story many times had he been chief engineer on a vessel in the area of Titanic that night--even if his ship were too far away to give aid.
At the same time though, my grandpa did tell me many stories he wasn't suppose to--chiefly about the bikini tests. He also told me about being locked in his room and being threatened with a court martial... which isn't exactly flattering.
But most importantly he never passed up the opportunity to tell me about how his captain nearly got his fleet tug sunk during d-day by navigating into a very clearly seen German hazard, which fouled their prop. Then how the captain froze, and my grandfather had to formulate a repair and implement it why the captain just stared into the distance (and German 88s were ranging their boat so shells were landing all around them.) He would then complain that his Captain was given a bronze star for something my grandfather did while the captain was in shock.
So it seems to me the officers of Mount Temple might have told a similar story about Moore to their families--particularly long after they left the sea--if the accusations against Mount Temple were true. Then again, we are dealing with human beings who died between 50 and 70 years ago. If such stories did exist--and Senan mentions one--their details might have been long forgotten.
The kicker, at the time, and the erie part when I think on Frank Preatince's claim his mate paddled off to never be seen again, was these Mount Temple passengers claimed that 3 of Mount Temple's boats were launched and a single surviving member of the crew was resued.
They then say the guy disappeared when he got onboard and was never seen, at least by the passengers, again.
There is in all probability nothing in this, but the thought of it did give me the chills reading through this thread.
I've never heard of this incident before, is there any more info. about it?