History question about the Titanic?
Did British Capt. of the Californian, Stanley Lord, break international law by deliberately refusing to help the Titanic?
- MaxiLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
The Californian was deaf to these signals because her only wireless operator was asleep. He went to bed only minutes before Titanic struck the iceberg. Titanic also fired rockets and used her morse lamp to try and signal a ship to the north of her, but the ship did not appear to response..... so it is said they didn't see/hear which is why they didn't respond
- MarliLv 71 month ago
Captain Lord did not deliberately refuse to help the Titanic; but he and his officers on watch were culpable of not investigating why said officers saw white rockets explode (international distress signals) and if the rockets had something to do with the "big German" ship they saw.
They had doubts about those rockets. Why didn't the officer on watch wake up their wireless operator and have him out out a call?
Lord and his officers were negligent in their duty to respond to an apparent distress alert. They may have thought the ship they saw did not look like a ship in distress; but they should have made sure about that. Wishful thinking.
It seems to me that Lord and his men were careful not to put their ship at risk in the ice field at night (good) by pretending they did not know what white rockets meant (bad) and that they had no way to find out (false). They were ready to go to the rescue when daylight came and they could see where the verge were.
- Anonymous1 month ago
He didn't "refuse." He didn't know Titanic was in peril. His radio operator had gone to sleep for the night & flares launched by Titanic were mistaken for ship-board celebrations.
- Elaine MLv 71 month ago
Maritime law trumps international law.