Dear Titanic Experts! I need your consultation, again!
Please, help me to understand: what kind of wire (or so-called "painter") it was, which impeded the lowering of #1 emergency cutter? They say, this thing was located somewhere on B Deck (and was cropped)... But where exactly??
#47163, "RE: Lifeboat #1 'painter'" In response to Reply # 0
From the testimony of Charles E. Stengel: "After getting down part of the way there was a painter on the boat, and we were beginning to tip, and somebody hollered to stop lowering. Somebody cut that line and we went on down."
This is rather confusing. A painter is a rope which is attached near either the bow or stern of a boat. It is used to tie the boat to another boat for towing or it is used to tie a boat to a dock. Usually it is coiled near the bow or stern of the boat. In this case it appears that the line was attached somewhere on the boat deck. When the boat was lowered and the limit of the length of the painter was reached it would not let that end of the boat be lowered further so the boat began to tip. It appears that they cut the painter so it would not prevent further lowering of the boat. The curious thing is why the painter would have been outside the boat at this point.