When did E deck GSC start to flood


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Brian O'Dell

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In a painting by Ken Marschall, the Reception Room is under about three feet of water at 2:00am, so the E Deck level of the Grand Staircase probably started to flood at around 1:50am, or even earlier as the Reception Room may have started flooding at about 1:55 or so by the looks of his painting.
 
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That seems like an awfully long time in between, though. It sounds as if though it took the E Deck Staircase forever to flood and then suddenly the water floods the Reception Room in about 10 minutes. A bit odd on the timing, that's all.
 
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>>A bit odd on the timing, that's all.<<

Maybe not so odd since the rate of flooding would not have been constant. Flooding was initially at around 1200 tons per minute but would have slowed dramatically as a point of equilibrium was reached.

The killer for the Titanic is that when that point of equilibrium was reached, a new compartment was starting to flood. At some point, when water ingress compromised enough compartments and stability was starting to go into the negetive, that rate of flooding would begin to increase again until that fatal tipping point was reached.
 

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It is a sort of weird that it takes two hours to make the bow dip down.But it took only take 20 minutes from when the bow dip under to when the ship disappeard.

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>>It is a sort of weird that it takes two hours to make the bow dip down.But it took only take 20 minutes from when the bow dip under to when the ship disappeard.<<

Well no, not really. The rate of water ingress, as I explained, is not a constant. If it was, a ship would go under at a nice even and predictably consistant rate. You get at a point where the rate of flooding slows down, a certain equilibrium is reached, and then it either stops or...if it can't be contained...it picks up again as more compartments are flooded.

Eventually, what happens is all your stability curves go from the positive into the negetive and it's all downhill from there!
 

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The rate of the sinking might help more people suvived!The passengers/crew filled 2/3 of the the total lifeboats. (all boats)Because you got time to load/lower life boats.The Lusitania got boats for all people.But only about 700 people suvived.Because it sinks only in 18 minutes!!And you can only load/lower port boats!!PS:you got more time sending SOS/CQD before the power went down and more time to shut the dampers to prevent them from BLOWING UP!!!!!

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>>you got more time sending SOS/CQD before the power went down and more time to shut the dampers to prevent them from BLOWING UP!!!!! <<

Huh?

There were no boiler explosions on the Titanic. In fact, what's striking about the sinking was that it was reletively sedate up until the time of the final plunge.

The Lusitania apparantly did suffer boiler explosions...or at least the catastrophic failure of some main steam lines...but that was fairly early on. Torpedo's are not kind to the integrity of structures and anything inside them.
 
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>>Where can you find a picture of the flooding of the E deck staircase??<<

Except for some paintings, you don't. There may have been some shutterbugs about but if there were, neither the cameramen or the film survived.
 

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That seems like an awfully long time in between, though. It sounds as if though it took the E Deck Staircase forever to flood and then suddenly the water floods the Reception Room in about 10 minutes. A bit odd on the timing, that's all.


Well think about it, the water had to find its way to the Turkish Baths on F Deck, and that was it's only way to get down there, so it is not really odd timing to you as long as you know the staircase went down to F Deck.
 

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