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The Wreck of the Titanic - Graphics by Jaco Grobbelaar & William Neff
05-07-2020, 05:05 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-07-2020, 08:24 PM by Martin Timothy.)
RE: The Wreck of the Titanic - Graphics by Jaco Grobbelaar & William Neff
Quote:"Murdoch was out cold from the wine he had consumed at a celebration for his captain," Catholine Butler related an account from a Victoria Farrell-Cofield, "the night Titanic hit the iceberg there was a big party going on, Captain Smith could not be aroused from sleep," the officer of the watch was asleep and quite possibly drunk at the rear of the pilothouse." Link 1. Link 2.

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Robert Hichens Quartermaster aboard Titanic.

Quote:29 year old Robert Hichens was one of six Quartermasters aboard Titanic and was the man at the helm at the time of the collision. During the port side evacuation Second Officer Lightoller put Hichens in charge of lifeboat no.6 which departed with only 28 aboard although it had a capacity of 65, passengers claimed he lay uselessly huddled in blankets, drinking whiskey and refusing to return to the Titanic to rescue others.

"Thousand Ghosts of the Titanic’s Steersman Robert Hichens, the man at the wheel when in April 1912 the Titanic struck an iceberg and foundered in mid Atlantic, "money didn’t buy life that night" Hichens said "one thousand four hundred and ninety people were swept to death, nine millionaires together worth £140,000,000 perished money did not count."

"On the night of April 14, 1912 I had to take the wheel of the Titanic from 10 pm to midnight, it was a cold calm night we were making 22½ knots I was due off in half an hour when the gong on the bridge sounded three times for "something ahead." The crow’s nest lookout had sighted the iceberg, Mr Murdoch the first officer gave the order "hard a starboard" and I flung the wheel over.

Seconds later at 11.40 pm the ship struck, the whole boat shuddered and I heard the plates ripped away as the iceberg passed down the side, the ship began to list and there was a sudden silence on the bridge. Captain Smith rushed up, I was sent down to take charge of No. 14 boat, but before I went one of the officers had shot himself on the bridge.

There were about forty people in my boat we had gone only 500 yards from the ship when she sank, it was a moment I shall never forget the skies and heavens were pierced by a thousand shrieking voices, a wailing cry of terror that rose and rose .. then silence. After a few minutes the boat officers began calling to each other across the water, but that cry of a thousand lost souls echoed in my ears.I hear it still and shall hear it until I die." Leitrim Observer, Saturday July 29, 1933, p. 7, reprinted courtesy of Senan Molony.

Robert Hichens who was convicted of attempted murder in 1933, died at sea in September 1940. Wiki.

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Joseph Bruce Ismay.

Quote:J Bruce Ismay Chairman & Managing Director of the White Star Line was a passenger on board Titanic when it sank, he is rumored to have influenced the decision to steer in close to the 'berg .. sounds like he was partying on that he brought his guests onto the bridge and persuaded Murdoch and Hichens to join the party and to bend the rules. Barry Cauchon @ WordPress.

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James Cameron Titanic Animation.

Quote:As per the video above James Cameron suggests Titanic's collision with the iceberg described by the passengers as a "harsh, deafening boom," was more than a slight nudge.

In 2010, Louise Patten asserted her grandfather Charles Lightoller claimed the helmsman Robert Hichens initially panicked and turned the rudder in the wrong direction, and that Bruce Ismay ordered Titanic to continue "slow ahead" in the belief the ship was unsinkable, that this had never been revealed because of the insurance implications.

In the event Titanic's heading changed just in time to avoid a head on collision, however the change in direction caused the ship to strike the iceberg a glancing blow, while an underwater spur of ice scraped along the starboard side of the ship for about seven seconds, causing chunks of ice dislodged from upper parts of the berg to fall onto her forward decks. Wiki.

The Mate William Murdoch who was on the bridge and Quartermaster Robert Hichens who was at the helm when the collision occurred were both allegedly affected by alcohol, champagne indeed suggesting high powered company on the bridge, that Murdoch and Hichens whose judgements were affected by alcohol decided to steer close to the 'berg as a lark.

“Murdoch was in charge of the ship in the hours leading up to the collision with the iceberg, and was thus responsible for the ship and all its passengers during that time, George Behe in his opus Titanic, Safety, Speed & Sacrifice pdf says other icebergs had been seen and that Murdoch was responsible for not slowing down in direct violation of the posted orders from the White Star Line." Link.

Thus if Ismay was giving orders on the bridge the ship was in serious trouble indeed!

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