The Mystery of Time This two part article deals with the issue of time on board the Titanic. It attempts to answer the question of how the clocks were changed on boad the ship and the impact it had on the watch schedules of the crew, the time difference between Titanic time and NY time, time in wireless messages, the observed times of collision ans sinking, and several time enigmas and a time paradox. (Published in the Titanic Historical Society's journal The Titanic Commutator, starting in Vol. 31, No. 178.)
SECTION HEADINGS: Does Anyone Know What Time It Is? Adjusting Clocks on Titanic But It's Not Quite So Simple As That Crew Departments and Watch Schedules Adjusting the Clocks Setting Bridge Time Setting the Clocks on an Eastbound Voyage New York Time Vs. Titanic Time Wireless Messages and Time Correlations The Time of Collision Time of Foundering Stopped Pocketwatches and Time Enigmas Changing Time References A Paradox in Time Summary and Conclusions
EXCERPT (from Part 1): Time has always been one of those elusive variables when it comes to specifying when certain events took place regarding the SS Titanic. Even a simple answer to the question as to what time was it that the Titanic collided with an iceberg has more than one answer. According to the official Report on the Loss of the SS Titanic issued by the British Court of Inquiry, the collision with an iceberg took place at 11:40 p.m. shipâ€™s time on the night of April 14, 1912. According to the US Senate Report on the Titanic Disaster, the collision with an iceberg took place at 11:46 p.m. shipâ€™s time on the night of April 14, 1912. But not only do we have two official answers to this simple question, we really donâ€™t have agreement as to what was the difference in time between shipâ€™s time on the Titanic and time in some other part of the world.
EXCERPT (from Part 2): Did anyone really know what time it was? Many did, others thought they did and still others only guessed. But as the final clock started to tick once the collision with the iceberg happened, time quickly ran out, witnessed only by stopped pocketwatches and horrified survivors watching from the boats. For all too many that night, time ended in the cold waters of the North Atlantic.
My Other Publications - 2 Including a list of article sections and selected excerpts
"We Could Not See One Body" The answer to the mystery of why bodies were not easily seen floating near the wreckage from the Carpathia or Californian on the morning of April 15, 1912 is explored in this short article. (Published in the Titanic Historical Society's journal The Titanic Commutator, Vol. 32, No. 181.)
EXCERPT: Altough wreckage and bodies were now being scattered by both current and wind for many miles all over the sea, we do see a suggested continued rotational drift in the general area averaging about 0.6 knots of circulation. Obviously there is no way of proving that the currents in the region were as I have described. What has been presented here is one possible scenario that gives some answers to what otherwise seem to be very confusing if not improbable observations.
Speed and More Speed This two part article was co-authored with Mark Chinside. It examines in depth several questions: - How fast was Titanic going when she collided with the iceberg, and when did she achieve that speed? - Did the ship have enough coal on board to run at full speed across the Atlantic? - Was Titanic out to break any crossing record and arrive in NY a day ahead of schedule? - How much influence did J. Bruce Ismay have on Capt. Smith regarding the matter in which the vessel was driven? - Was there any justifiable reason why Capt. Smith would drive his ship at full speed at night in a region of ice? (Published in the Titanic Historical Society's journal The Titanic Commutator, Vol. 32, No. 182 and 183.)
SECTION HEADINGS: Increasing Revolutions Speeding Through the Night Down in the Stokeholds A Few Perceptive Passengers â€œWe Did Not Want to Burn Any More Coalâ€� â€œWe Will Beat the Olympicâ€� â€œHe Was Justified in Going Fast to Get Out of Itâ€� A Few Conclusions Acknowledgements
EXCERPT: As a seasoned commander, Smith crossed the Atlantic too many times to know that things donâ€™t always work out the way you want them to. Fog may develop. A storm may come out of nowhere. Machinery may unexpectedly break down. All these things had happened before. There are just too many things that could go wrong that nobody has control over. But there are also some things you can do that you do have control over. And taking a calculated risk is one of them.