We have no look-out glasses in the crow's nest.


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I don't really understand it. Why look out glasses had to be locked up?,  why wasn't a little cabin in crow nest where to keep the binoculars?, was it a tradition or an obligation to keep them in other part of the ship? as far as I know, Blair is guilty, Fleet and his companion in the nest could have seen the iceberg "something draker than the night itself" with a proper pair of binoculars. Blair must have been comdemned with Ismay for the rest of his life in prision.
 

Joe Y. (902)

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The author seems to belittle Lightoller's opinion about the distance from which an iceberg could normally be spotted. The factor not mentioned in the article that strengthens Lightoller's case is icebergs are often spotted by the wake at the base rather than the iceberg itself. Such a bright, foamy, visible wake was not present that night because the ocean was so unusually calm.
 

Ralph (4931)

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I have these Marine Theatre Field binoculars and have some photos of the bins I’d like to share , and maybe gets some indication of what they are or where they came from . Thank You
 

Ian Donaldson

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I don't really understand it. Why look out glasses had to be locked up?, why wasn't a little cabin in crow nest where to keep the binoculars?, was it a tradition or an obligation to keep them in other part of the ship? as far as I know, Blair is guilty, Fleet and his companion in the nest could have seen the iceberg "something draker than the night itself" with a proper pair of binoculars. Blair must have been comdemned with Ismay for the rest of his life in prision.
Hello, I think petty theft was a far greater problem. If you recall the lifeboats left without their stores as they to were locked up for fear of theft. Theft by who I'm not sure as it was mainly First Class passengers who had access to the lifeboats on deck and I think most of them were not short of a bob or two!
 

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