|TITANIC - AN ENIGMA IN TIME
by Samuel Halpern
Chapter I. Apparent Time Ship
Chapter II. Titanic’s Call For Help
Chapter III. Digging Deeper Into The Evidence
Chapter IV. 1 Hour 33 Minutes – A Mistaken Conclusion
Chapter V. How Could That Mistake Have Happened?
Chapter VI. They Too Got It Wrong
Chapter VII. What About That Recovered Chronometer?
Chapter VIII. Splitting Time In Half
Chapter IX. The Time of Collision
Chapter X. The Time of Foundering
Chapter XI. Changing Time References
Chapter XII. Some Fallacious Arguments & A Time Paradox
Chapter XIII. Last Contacts
Chapter XIV. So What Really Happened And When?
Chapter XV. A Few Conclusions
Appendix A. Rules Regarding Time Kept and Clock Changes
Appendix B. Route of Travel And Noontime Positions
Appendix C. Radio Propagation, Skip Distances & Receiver Sensitivity
|Does anyone really know what time it was on shore when Titanic struck a fatal iceberg on her maiden voyage
from Southampton to New York back in April of 1912? Did she really remain afloat for 2 hours and 40 minutes
as is popularly believed? How long did it take to send the first wireless distress call after Titanic struck an
iceberg? What time was it when the last distress rocket signal was fired from Titanic?
In the late afternoon of Monday, April 15, 1912, Captain Rostron of the rescue ship Carpathia sent a wireless
message to Captain Haddock of Olympic, Titanic's sister ship, to forward to White Star Line and Cunard Line
offices. In that message Rostron told the world that Titanic sank at 2:20am ship’s time, 5:47am Greenwich
Mean Time (GMT), in 41° 46’N, 50° 14’W. In 1985 it was discovered that the position reported in 1912 was
wrong, that Titanic actually sank about 13 nautical miles to the east of the position that was accepted for so
long. Was the time of foundering reported in that message also wrong? Was there really a 3 hour and 27
minute difference between Titanic time and GMT? Why was it that the British Wreck Commission settled on a
different time difference, and were they right?
These and many more questions about that memorable night back in April of 1912 are looked at in depth.
Eyewitness accounts from survivors, navigational evidence, and reported observations from a relatively
nearby steamer, are explored and analyzed in putting all the pieces together. We now have a much more
accurate understanding of when and in what order certain major events played out on that fateful night to