Who was on the Bridge that night


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1/O Murdoch was alone on the starboard side bridge wing. 6/O Moody was in the wheelhouse with QM Hichens at the wheel. 4/O Boxhall was walking to the bridge on the starboard side of the boat deck when the impact happened. Capt. Smith was in his chart room just aft of the starboard side of the wheelhouse. QM Olliver was on the standard compass platform amidships. QM Rowe was on the poop deck aft. Fleet and Lee were in the nest.
 
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>>I've read it somewhere<<

Only that you read it somewhere makes it not true!
I have a book were the author claimed that the very first thing Captain Smith did after the collision was to go to the the cabin of Mr. Astor to inform him what have happened and what the situation is and after that he went to the wireless room to tell them to send for help.
Of course nothing of that is true!
 

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It would have been impossible for John Jacob Astor to be on the bridge, as passengers weren't allowed anywhere near that area. It was a rule that was put in place and still exists today (unless you're invited by the Captain), so Titanic's officers wouldn't have allowed it.

As far as Thomas Andrews goes, from what's been discussed in previous threads on here, he wasn't on the bridge. Instead, Captain Smith more than likely went to visit Andrews' cabin.
 
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>>As far as Thomas Andrews goes, from what's been discussed in previous threads on here, he wasn't on the bridge. Instead, Captain Smith more than likely went to visit Andrews' cabin.<<

More than likely Capt. Smith was informed that Andrews was already below conducting an investigation of the damage. Smith decided to go on a personal inspection himself and was reported seen on E deck accompanied by pusar McElroy and a mail clerk heading for the staircase forward that led down to the mail hold sometime after midnight. He was seen coming back from there accompanied by Andrews a few minutes later. The time was estimate to be about a 1/2 hour after the collision. Later Andrews was seen running up the 1st class staircase toward the boat deck presumably on his way to the bridge to inform Capt. Smith that the damage to the ship was fatal. We do know that he told Smith that ship had from an hour to an hour and half left.

These sightings and what Andrews told Smith can be verified by documented eyewitness accounts. Anything else is mere speculation.
 

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It would have been impossible for John Jacob Astor to be on the bridge, as passengers weren't allowed anywhere near that area. It was a rule that was put in place and still exists today (unless you're invited by the Captain), so Titanic's officers wouldn't have allowed it.

As far as Thomas Andrews goes, from what's been discussed in previous threads on here, he wasn't on the bridge. Instead, Captain Smith more than likely went to visit Andrews' cabin.
Ismay was technically "just a passenger" and I bet he was allowed on the bridge whenever he felt the urge to "visit."
 

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