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lauraoonaeemeliSun Aug-13-17 01:21 PM
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#55430, "Cranked lifeboat."


          

Hi everyone. I was wondering why the Titanic's emergency lifeboat no.1 was cranked in,at one point when the ship departed Southampton. Was it a last minute test of the davit or is there something more ?

Thanks.

Sauli Palokangas

  

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Ralph CurrellMon Aug-14-17 08:26 AM
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#55432, "RE: Cranked lifeboat."
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Hi Sauli,

The emergency boats appear to have been kept inboard until the ship had left the confined waters of the port. Looking at the images in 'Titanic in Photographs', the earliest shot showing the boats cranked out was the Beken photo, taken off the Isle of Wight. As far as I'm aware they remained outboard during the Cherbourg and Queenstown stops.

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Ralph

  

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bpreadMon Aug-14-17 09:15 AM
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#55433, "RE: Cranked lifeboat."
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During periods where the ship would be in confined waters with tugs in attendance, the emergency cutters were moved inboard to facilitate unobstructed vision down the length of the ship from the outboard windows of the wing cabs.
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Bob Read

  

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b-radMon Aug-14-17 02:01 PM
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#55434, "RE: Cranked lifeboat."
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This may already be known but in case it is not, Quarter Master Hichens explained why the cutters were swung out when sailing:

"There is one emergency boat on each side of the bridge, just abaft the bridge, which is kept, in case of accident always swung out.... They mustered the men every night at 6 o'clock, in case of emergency, in case they should want the emergency boat on account of a man falling overboard or anything else."

Brad Payne

  

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lauraoonaeemeliTue Aug-15-17 12:35 AM
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#55438, "RE: Cranked lifeboat."
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Thank you Ralph and Robert.

Sauli Palokangas

  

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