I'm afraid that's down to the fact that I sent the article off in mid-March, having started work on it as far back as last December when the idea first hit me. I don't think they got posted about on here until last week. For what it's worth, it wasn't any deliberate snub on my part, just my past self not being aware of them at the time of writing.I'm a bit disappointed that no reference was made to the two recently released books by Brad Rousse from SFP:
Why The Titanic Sank,
and The Time Traveller's Tour Guide to the RMS Titanic.
It's perhaps unfortunate that this article has some errors in it, such as consistently getting Second Officer Charles Lightoller's name wrong (spelling it Lightroller).
Inevitably, such a short article can only give a thumbnail synopsis of the event.
I wrote an outline for a timeline where the Bismark when down in on her maiden voyage in a storm instead taking the Kraiser with it. Since Titanic has not happened, there was nowhere near enough lifeboats.One thing I've idly wondered is the degree to which the impact of a maritime disaster on this scale would have differed with a different vessel. What if had been the Olympic, or the Lusitania, or the France, or the Imperator? I feel like for any other nation, France and Germany especially, any such loss of a liner of the period's prestige and grandeur would be an even bigger blow to national morale.
Allow me.In no particular order the What Ifs I'd like to resolve the most:
A couple of things here. I agree that adding the Master's prefix could have made a difference. That would have made Phillips and Bride take the messages to the bridge. But remember that there was a bit of a casual air either way with messages. Mariners like Captain Smith didn't quite trust this new technology. They still relied on lookouts and their experience over the wireless - which at this point was on board more for the pleasure of passengers. Also, recall that in OTL Baltic's message ended up in Ismay's pocket most of the 14th and it was addressed to Smith personally. Also, none of the surviving officers recalled seeing it. Those messages might suffer the same fate.1. Californian's radio operator Cyril Evans, like Stanley Adams on Mesaba adding the Prefix to their messages that meant the messages had to be taken to the Bridge. I think it likely Capt Smith would have ordered a massive slow down and extra look outs, plus a black out ahead of the Bridge therefore leading to more chance of missing a berg.
This was definitely unknown to both officers and crew but the real problem, as you state, was people not willing to go. Getting in a tiny wooden boat in the dead of night dangling off a still seemingly safe ship is not a good proposition. By the time people realized it was an issue, it was much too late. I doubt Thomas Andrews saying "Hey, they're perfectly safe" would change much.2. The Officers not knowing that the davits and boats could be filled and lowered to capacity. While in the early stages of the sinking this would have meany filling with anyone nearby since some where reluctant to get into boats. It certainly would have made a difference later on and upped the total number of survivors.
This might have indeed butterflied the collision, but remember the real problem was the sheer amount of ice in the North Atlantic which would still be there without a delayed maiden voyage. Instead, we might be talking about the Titanic sinking on a return from New York on on her third or fourth voyage - which would only change the "maiden voyage" allure of the tragedy.3. Olympic not impacting Hawke and Titanic sailing on her original schedule.
Probably not. Granting Evans being awake and Lord being as proactive as Rostron on Carpathia, Californian would still need to cold start and find her way through the ice to Titanic, which is still sinking. The absolute best-case scenario is Californian arriving just in time to watch Titanic break up and go under - and good luck convincing Californian's crew to row small boats into a mob of drowning, freezing people in pitch darkness.4. Californian's radio operator Cyril Evans not logging off and reporting the CQD immediately. Could Californian made a difference at all?
Can't comment on this, but I believe a Jack Finney novel has Butt butterflying WWI away.5. What impact on the Taft - Roosevelt split could Butt have had? Teddy as President again in 1912 has huge repercussions.
First, a gentle correction in that it was Fifth Officer Lowe, not Fourth Officer Boxhall, that went back. You might be confusing the fact that he did initially answer Captain Smith's last-minute plea for boats for more passengers but gave up after seeing the ship had minutes left.6. More boats going back for survivors plus Boxhall not waiting as long to go looking.
Not sure what you're referring to here. Smith talked with Lightoller about conditions before Lightoller was relieved by Murdoch but I've never heard reference to Murdoch and Smith discussing them - Smith was "off duty" by the time Murdoch came on.7. Capt Smith being clearer with Murdoch about the weather conditions, and Murdoch being less rigid about calling the Captain.
Not sure what the issue is here. Do you mean they would have been more willing to deliver messages to the bridge? If so, it wouldn't have made much difference. No Master notification, no rush. Marconi men were under strict orders to relay only those messages in a timely manner. And even then, there will always be new messages coming.8. The Marconi equipment not breaking down down so Phillips and Bride where not so far behind.
Quite possibly indefinitely, or at least long enough for Carpathia to arrive and Californian to look over and see what's happening. In fact, Titanic was juuuust reaching stability when that last compartment was lost.9. The iceberg opening one less compartment. How much longer could Titanic float?
It would have been a terrible disaster anyway.10. The Board of Trade regulations changing to ensure 'space for all' - Titanic may have carried more boats, but how much difference would have have made in the time to evacuate?