- Jul 2012
Second Officer Herbert Stone of the Californian testified that "I saw one white flash in the sky, immediately above this other steamer." Stone's further testimony makes it clear that rockets were being fired from the ship that he saw. James Gibson of the Californian, testified "I had just got the glasses on to her when I saw her fire the rocket". Captain Stanley Lord testified that he was told the rockets were being fired by the ship that they could see.Well they saw the Titanics rockets. No one's questioning that. Was it coming from the ship they saw or was it coming from further away. You see the rockets regardless cause they go into the sky, they did not "see a ship firing rockets" they saw a ship and they rockets. Ship in between doesn't contradict either thing you've said.
Well there was incompetence no question there but I don't see the evidence the Californian could have saved everyone in time.
I agree that the Caiifornian could not have saved everyone, but she could have saved a few. The problem is that she did not try. Stanley Lord and Herbert Stone are hardly the only people who failed at this duty. Most of the Titanic's lifeboats had room for more, yet only one went back to help people struggling in the water.