David G. Brown said:We have lots of anecdotal evidence that the ship's engines were running faster after 8 p.m. than they had earlier that day, or at any time during the voyage. If Captain Smith decided to increase speed, he would most likely have done it in conjunction with a fix. That way, the start of the new speed would coincide with the new dead reckoning from that fix. My suggestion is that this is exactly what did happen that night — Titanic increased speed after 7:30 stars. And, it was to avoid discussing this speed increase that Boxhall pointedly did not recall the coordinates of Titanic's evening fix. Had he recalled them, the increase in speed would have been obvious. Speeding up as the ship neared danger would have appeared extremely foolhardy in light of the iceberg incident.
I see my theory is being discussed. Glad I could raise some questions. I was just speculating myself, based on Mr. Brown's speculation here. If the officers knew they were in the general area of icebergs, and that they had hit one, without slowing down. Heck would hit the ceiling when the general public heard about this. Ok, yeah, it's true that in the BOT/AI testimonies, most of the captains interviewed claimed that the general norm was to speed until they spotted something, then to slow down. However, in this case, they did hit something. With all those rich people aboard, I'd be afraid of being sued and held liable too.