Titanic Movie Saves Lives


Bob Couttie

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Hated the movie but it has saved at least six lives.

In the Bow Mariner incident (http://www.maritimeaccident.org/about-2/mac-podcasts/transcripts/the-case-of-the-unfamiliar-mariners/)off the coast of Virginia three out of six survivors (out of a crew of 2 dozen of whom 18 died)did so because they stayed with the ship as long as possible before jumping off and were able to board a liferaft instead of getting into the water.

About the same number survived the recent Princess Of The Stars sinking in the Philippines for the same reason.

All, by the way, were Filipino, and all were professional seafarers, and all remembered the advise in the movie.
 

Russell Smith

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From Mr. Couttie's site:

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"The senior officers delegated no significant responsibilities, did not train their subordinates in the technical or administrative aspects of the job, and didn’t let them do the job they were supposed to do. Filipino junior officers were not allowed to eat in the officers mess.

The crew were subject to verbal abuse and threats. So much so that they were too scared to question any action by the senior officers, no matter how unsafe.

It was not a happy ship. The situation was not uncommon on other vessels in the fleet.

Yet there was worse. Fire and boat drills were not being carried out monthly."

In the Marines we call this a first class cluster....you know what.​
 
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"The senior officers delegated no significant responsibilities, did not train their subordinates in the technical or administrative aspects of the job, and didn’t let them do the job they were supposed to do. Filipino junior officers were not allowed to eat in the officers mess.

The crew were subject to verbal abuse and threats. So much so that they were too scared to question any action by the senior officers, no matter how unsafe.

It was not a happy ship. The situation was not uncommon on other vessels in the fleet.

Yet there was worse. Fire and boat drills were not being carried out monthly."

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In the Marines we call this a first class cluster....you know what.

In civilian life we call it a bunch of hokum when we're being polite. There a few other words that I'd use for that.

It dosen't surprise me though. As a deckhand on a Casino Riverboat in the 90's I got used to being at the bottom of the barrel even though with out us deck crew, their little Casino wouldn't be able to function on the river. Glad the movie was useful for something.​
 
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From the description, it sounds like the ship was an example of first class incompetance coming home to bite. Wish I could say that this sort of thing is unusual in the merchant fleets of the world, but it isn't, especially on ships sailing under third world registries.

Perhaps we shouldn't be too smug. If nothing else, the examples of the Marine Sulpher Queen and the Marine Electric shows that there are a few low points on ships of first world registries.
 

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