I was also a Marine Accident Investigator for Lloyd's Underwrites, Mike. If you mean by "over the top" that I explain things in detail, then I plead guilty as charged. I cannot help it if my explanations are way over your head. If you, or others make accusations or wide , unqualified statements, then don't expect me to agree with you or them.Jim I think you are a bit harsh on Rostron. As I respect you as a highly qualified seaman passing your master marine exams. Just like Rostron you went through rank and file to become a captain which I can see is a fine achievement. Your contribution to ET from the sharp end is a of great interested, but you do have a habit just going over the top at times when questioned.
As for Rostron he becomes the most decorated Cunard captain and finally the Commodore of the fleet which is quite an outstanding achievement.
After Titanic disaster he is awarded.
Congressional Medal from USA Congress.
The American Cross of Honour.
Freedom of New York City.
Decorated by the French and Hungarian Governments.
Knighted by King George V
Now he is found guilty braking law by using distress signals when not in distress, do you think for one moment this high ranking profile persons would ever be in a position to award him with those awards?
As I seeing the reply from Julian makes an interesting point. If its considered braking the law to safe lives that is acceptable. As an outside seamen myself I thought he did take safety percussion seriously.
Jim I ask you if you were in the same position as Rostron was, what would you done different?
The awards have nothing to do with his actions as a seaman that morning and this is what this thread is about.
I wish you would read what you write before posting it.
Rostron was not found guilty of anything, nor was anyone else involved in the Titanic saga.
What I would have done is neither here nor there, since I am not the one under the microscope.
But guess who said this, and he WAS there:
" I thought of sending rockets up, but I thought it far better to let it alone, because if other ships - they thought they saw them - might be coming to me, and I had not seen anything of the Titanic and did not know exactly where she was; because I think, after all, the Titanic was farther east than she gave her position, or, in fact, I am certain she was."