- Dec 23, 2017
Well that might be a true statement, 20+ years of analysis always seem to point against this.Mr. Ray saw the first lifeboat lowered down on the starboard side shortly after 12.30am. He went below decks and saw the forward part of E-deck was underwater. Over an hour later the bow still had not dropped any lower. Lifeboat 13 was lowered down over an hour later and when they rowed away they noticed the ship's bow was still only down as far as E-deck on the starboard side.
"Her forward E-deck ports were under the water"
"At first, she seemed unharmed but, as we looked toward the bow of the ship, we could see that the lower line of portholes extended down into the water."
"There was nothing else to indicate she was injured....The lowest portholes in the bows were under the sea......We rowed away from her in the quietness of the night, hoping and praying with all our hearts that she would sink no more and the day would find her still in the same position as she was then."
This means the continuous settling down of the bow did not take place as the open corridors on E-deck averted the continuous settling of the bow for a significant length of time owing to the bodily sinking of the ship.
While its never a good thing to trust a computer analysis too much over testimony, the fact that 20+ years have shown a consistent series of angles that agrees with a majority of testimony cannot be so easily pushed aside.
As we have seen for the years prior to 85, trusting a few rouge accounts over the majority can lead to false ideas or presumptions of the sinking