Thats...actually a brilliant idea. Tear the doors and panelling off, lash chairs together, etc. etc.No- he was pulled out of the water- and alcohol would not have stopped him from dying from exposure- you don't "freeze" to death- if your core body temperature drops below 80 degrees- you die. In water that cold- that only takes about 30 minutes.
Charles Lightoller went in the water as the ship sank from under him as he and fellow crew members were trying to launch the last of the collapsibles. The collapsed boats had a waterproofed canvas skirt that could be extended above a shallow wooden hull-
the collapsible ended up upside down, and Lightoller and several men in the water climbed up onto it- getting their body's out of the cold water- Lightoller had them literally Stand on top of it- each with a foot on either side of the keel- all facing the same way.
as many as could stand on it without slipping off- they all had to face the same way because lightoller would give orders to lean left, or lean right to help hold the raft stable- they did this for about an hour until one of the lifeboats came back to look for survivors- at which point they transferred into the lifeboat- this would not have been possible if not for the glassy calm of the sea that night. The returning lifeboat found less than a dozen still alive in the water- but all but 6 of them died within an hour.
Those that survived longer than average were overweight, or were clinging to debris that helped keep more of their body out of the water for a longer period of time.
to me the crime was that the Captain essentially checked out- and failed to properly supervise the loading of the boats- it was a dead calm sea- and Carpathia was 4 hours away- he could have overloaded those boats till they had 2 inches of freeboard- and increased the number of survivors by 50%-
They also had 2 and a half hours before she sank- knowing there was not enough lifeboats- and a steerage class FULL of tradesmen- there is no excuse for why the upper class snob did not put those men to work building rafts out of the Titanic's copious wooden decorations and deck chairs.
2 hours with 200 men, some fire axes and cordage could have built enough makeshift flotation to keep another 500 people 60% out of the cold water for 4 lousy hours.
He rode the fan tail of the ship into the water and stepped off just before it went under. Much like as depicted in the movie. I don't remember exactly how he kept his head from getting wet then but I remember reading more than once that he said "his head didn't even get wet". And apparently never got wet during his ordeal in the ocean.How did the chef's head not get wet when he first leaped into the water?
Pretty smart move for a drunk.He rode the fan tail of the ship into the water and stepped off just before it went under. Much like as depicted in the movie. I don't remember exactly how he kept his head from getting wet then but I remember reading more than once that he said "his head didn't even get wet". And apparently never got wet during his ordeal in the ocean.
People can act in an extreme variety of ways even when inebriated. Though we rightly condemn drunk drivers the truth that people seldom admit is that a fair number of drunk people can and do drive just fine. During World War Two, the famous Greg (Pappy) Boyington was known on more than occasion to fly combat missions while drunk.Pretty smart move for a drunk.
there is a strong psychological component ,I always thought of hypothermia as more of a physical thing than a psychological thing. You're implying that people in the water died at least partially due to psychological shock.
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