- Dec 13, 2016
I'm not making any claims. I'm just honestly baffled by the sequence of events.
I thought "port round" simply meant to turn the tiller to port, to turn around an object. I might be mistaken. One thing that bothers me is the comment of "Hard a port" once the iceberg was way up astern. Why? At that point much of the damage would have already been done. What would have been the point? To keep the screws from being damaged?
Interesting how the same accounts about the vibration are now used for the lost blade while back on the Titanic-Titanic Forum they were used as a proof for the engines running full astern...
And this is only a observation.
Back to Topic.
I may be mistaken but didn't Oliver state that he heard the order to port around, when the iceberg was adjacent to the bridge. The port around had to have been executed...at some point, because of the final orientation of the ship.
If you ask me Murdoch was most likely going to minimize the damage and gave for that reason the "hard-a-port" order. With the "hard-a-starboard" the bow of the ship would go to port while her stern would swing to starboard.
We know the order hard-a-port was given and carried out. Hichens said it aboard Carpathia and QM Qlliver at the inquiry. Also if the hard-a-port order was not given, Captain Smith, Murdoch & Boxhall would have been not able to see the iceberg from the starboard side as it would have been hide by the stern. They would have to go to the pot side.
We have also ABS Scarrott confirming that the ship was reacting on a port helm. More interesting is also what QM Rowe at the poop deck (under the docking bridge) had to say about it;
Senator BURTON. Do you not think that if the helm had been hard a starboard the stern would have been up against the berg?
Mr. ROWE. It stands to reason it would, sir,if the helm were hard a starboard.
Senator BURTON. Do you think the propeller hit the ice? Did you feel any jolt like the propeller hitting the ice?
Mr. ROWE. No, sir.
Senator BURTON. Do you not think the propeller would have hit the ice if the helm had been turned hard a starboard?
Mr. ROWE. Yes, sir.