The Turning Radius of the Titanic

From the Titanic Research & Modeling Association (yeah, that’s right)


37 seconds does not fit the profile of Titanic’s turning radius at the trials. A two point turn could be accomplished in something nearer 25 seconds, assuming the ship achieved a full two points of turn. This translates to spotting the ice berg at 900 feet (250 meters) or less rather that 12-1300 feet (400 meters). Actions on the timeline for the collision, such as Fleet phoning the bridge, may have been done in parallel with turning the ship, shortening the timeline. Ultimately, this indicates that the lookouts and Murdoch could not see the berg until they were almost on top of it. At the hearings, the White Star Line and surviving crew were perfectly happy with all the speculation that the ship was under ruddered and unmaneuverable. This speculation, that continues to this day, just hides the fact that the crew just flat couldn’t see even large objects and the margin for safety at their speed wasn’t there under the conditions of that night. Despite the clear conditions, a reduction in speed was warranted due to the extraordinary darkness.

Object Lesson From The Scottish School of Common Sense

To miss the berg, you first have to see it, and see it early enough to initiate an appropriate course correction.

I know, it does seem rather obvious, doesn’t it?.  – HT


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