I have heard that the Captain received six warnings before the collision. Is this true?
Hi Sam,Capt. Smith followed the accepted tracks across the Atlantic which depended on the time of the year. The route Titanic followed was known as the southern track which was taken by steamers heading westbound across the Atlantic. It was in effect from January 15th through August 23rd. The point called “the corner” (42N, 47W) marked the end of the great circle part of the westbound voyage. Eastbound steamers on the southern track would reach a corner point 60 nautical miles to the south of the westbound corner point (41N, 47W) before they would take to the great circle part of their eastbound voyage. From August 24th through January 14th these routes were shifted northward by about 120 nautical miles, and were known as the northern track. A voyage taken on the northern track made the passage across the Atlantic about 110 nautical miles shorter. After the Titanic disaster the southern tracks were shifted further southward.
Hello Mike.Do not make excuses for the captain decisions. Smith knew of the larger icefield than usal due to the warm winter of 1911-12 bringing the ice further south, before he set sail from Southampton.
Clearly Smith has not got proper control over his Officers as each one has his own story to tell. And why ice messages are not reaching the bridge can fall down on the captain lack full control of the ship. That one lands up in the company chairman pocket Mr B Ismay and not delivered to the bridge after been read is unacceptable.
Smith will make more mistakes by not slowing down the ship and with no extra lookout men on the ship bow followed by a navigation error.
I may be a bit harsh on Smith. But that is what you are paying the highest paid captain for!