Since the thread is: Titanic should not have hit the iceberg! Yes indeed. Smith had the safety options on his hand but failed to use them.
Stop the ship over night until next day as Californian did.
Knock off the speed for those on lookout had a better chance of seeing ahead to report back.
Reducing the speed giving more time to miss an iceberg as Rostron did.
Just sail further south of the icefield without reducing your speed.
Which seems that Smith failed to act on any. Perhaps just another bad day in the office?
Every ship captain has a number of safety options available to him. He continuously measures them against prevailing and changing circumstances.
1. Lord knew there was ice directly in his path - did not slow down, he just increased vigilance and that failed because he entered low-profile. loose ice, (no bergs) before he could turn away.
2. You only reduce speed when visibility drops...standard practice.
3. You only increase lookouts in low visibility and/or, if you expect to see something in your path.
4. Rostron increased speed... he only missed that iceberg because his ship could not go fast enough. In fact. he was trying to go as fast as he could. However, he should have immediately slowed to half speed the moment he sighted the first iceberg... he did not.
5. The information Smith had and the normal path of icebergs made the need for going more to the southward, unnecessary.
6. Captain Moore went at full speed until he saw ice, then stopped before proceeding at slow speed.
I wonder what "spot" Sam thought you were on?