One thing I’ve always wondered about regarding that famous sinking.
If any ship had been able to get to the Titanic before she sank, how would it have been possible to transfer over two thousand people from one ship to another at night in the middle of the Atlantic?
Let’s say that the Carpathia had been able to go a knot or two faster and had arrived at about 1:20 AM instead of after the sinking. I don’t think, with the Titanic rather rapidly going down by the bow, they could have just gone alongside for folks to step from one ship to the other. And how could they have gotten people into their lifeboats without the escapees having first gone into that 31 degree water? This would have undoubtedly resulted in many casualties.
Even if they had been able to get everyone into the lifeboats, it would have required these boats to have made at least three or four trips to have transferred all the passengers, a process that might have required hours.
Obviously many people who drowned in the actual sinking would have been saved, but I still think the casualty count would have been high. To have made a real difference in this, I think the Carpathia (or any other ship, for that matter) would have had to arrived almost as soon as the Titanic hit the iceberg.
What do you Titanic enthusiasts think?