Why did the Titanic not have binoculars?

Lookout Fred Fleet
Fred Fleet
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Fleet was raised by a succession of foster families and distant relatives. In 1903 he went to sea as a deck boy, working his way up to able seaman. Before joining the crew of the RMS Titanic, he had sailed for over four years as a lookout on the RMS Oceanic.
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Eliza Gladys Dean (2 February 1912 – 31 May 2009), known as Millvina Dean, was a British civil servant, cartographer, and the last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on 15 April 1912. At two months old, she was also the youngest passenger aboard.
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, would later insist that if binoculars had been available, the iceberg would have been spotted in enough time for the ship to take evasive action. The use of binoculars would have given "enough time to get out of the way," Fleet reportedly said [source: Salkeld].
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Would binoculars have helped the Titanic?

However, for the maiden voyage, Blair was not required on board and when he left the ship he did not inform anybody of the location of the binoculars. However, it is likely that binoculars would not have helped to save Titanic as they are of limited use in the conditions found on the night of 14th April 1912.
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Who forgot the binoculars on the Titanic?

David Blair

According to the story, Blair had the key in his pocket, and following his departure no one knew where the binoculars were. For want of a key the ship was lost - or was it?
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What were the 10 mistakes that sank the Titanic?

  • This ill-fated ocean liner will forever be burned in our minds as one of the most pivotal tragedies of the 20th century. ...
  • Tides – higher waters bring a higher risk.
  • Climate – warmer weather bring impending doom.
  • Portholes – an oversight leading to a downfall.
  • Watertight doors – a logical approach which proves deadly.
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Who has the key to the binoculars on the Titanic?

One of the Titanic's lookouts, Fred Fleet, later told an enquiry that the binoculars could have saved the ship and the lives of the 1,522 lost. Blair kept the key, passing it onto his daughter Nancy, who in turn donated it to Sailors' Society in the 1980s.
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Could Binoculars Have SAVED the Titanic? (Frederick Fleet's surprising testimony)

Why did the lookout not see the iceberg coming on the Titanic?

The second study, by British historian Tim Maltin, claimed that atmospheric conditions on the night of the disaster might have caused a phenomenon called super refraction. This bending of light could have created mirages, or optical illusions, that prevented the Titanic's lookouts from seeing the iceberg clearly.
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Did the lookouts on the Titanic survived?

Fleet was on duty along with fellow lookout Reginald Lee when the ship struck the iceberg; it was Fleet who first sighted the iceberg, ringing the bridge to proclaim: "Iceberg, right ahead!" Both Fleet and Lee survived the sinking.
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What were Captain Smith's last words?

The last words of the ship's captain, Edward Smith, were: “Well boys, you've done your duty and done it well. I ask no more of you. I release you.
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Did the Titanic sink because of human error?

The Titanic sank from human error. According to the granddaughter of the second officer of the Titanic, Louise Patten, a new steering system led to a mistake by the steersman, Robert Hitchins, into going "hard a port" instead of "hard a starboard" and straight into the iceberg instead of away from it.
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What could have prevented the Titanic from sinking?

The ship's watertight bulkheads could have been extended and fully sealed to reduce the risk of flooding. Titanic was constructed with transverse bulkheads (i.e. walls) to divide the ship into 16 watertight compartments, which could be sealed off with doors operated either manually or remotely from the bridge.
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Did the Titanic have keys?

A key which opened a life-jacket locker on the Titanic has been sold for £85,000. It was among 200 items from the liner sold at an auction in Devizes. The key had been predicted to fetch up to £50,000. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the amount the key finally sold for "reflected its importance and unique nature".
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How true was the movie Titanic?

The events leading to the sinking of the ship was thus accurately portrayed. However, the characters shown in this ship are fictional in nature. There is no record that shows passengers with the names of Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater, and their love story has been made up by the writers.
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What happened to Titanic's crow's nest?

Most of the external wooden fittings have gone, microbes are rusting the hull away, and the crows nest from where lookout Frederick Fleet shouted "iceberg right ahead" late on the night of April 14 1912 has been torn from the collapsed mast and swallowed by the sea.
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Was there a crow's nest on the Titanic?

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Two lookouts, Frederick Fleet and Reginald Lee, were stationed in the crow's nest of the Titanic.
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Did the Titanic break in half?

Then the Titanic broke in half, and, at about 2:20 a.m. on April 15, stern and bow sank to the ocean floor.
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Would the Titanic have survived a head on collision?

No. The idea that the ship should have maintained its course and rammed into the iceberg head-on to minimize damages is far from plausible and is also scientifically inaccurate.
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Why did the Titanic sink so fast?

The rapid sinking of the Titanic was worsened by the poor design of the transverse bulkheads of the watertight compartments. As water flooded the damaged compartments of the hull, the ship began to pitch forward, and water in the damaged compartments was able to spill over into adjacent compartments.
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Who saw the iceberg first?

Lookout Frederick Fleet

Frederick Fleet, one of the two lookouts in the crow's-nest of the Titanic, was the first man to see the iceberg that sank the liner.
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Is it illegal for a captain to abandon ship?

In the United States, abandoning the ship is not explicitly illegal, but the captain could be charged with other crimes, such as manslaughter, which encompass common law precedent passed down through centuries. It is not illegal under international maritime law.
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Why did Captain Smith ignore the iceberg warnings?

According to Mr. Cooper, the author of a book on Captain Smith, Smith was not ignoring the ice warnings; he was simply not reacting to them. Ice warnings were just warnings that a ship sent saying that they had seen ice at a certain location (Kasprzak, 2012).
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Why didn't the Californian help the Titanic?

Also, the story says the Californian was sunk in 1915 and 1918. It was actually torpedoed in November 1918. Jokester Titan on May 01, 2017: The Californian was surrounded by icebergs and wireless communication was shut off by Titanic's wireless, so there was still NO way for it to hurry and save Titanic.
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Who is the richest person on the Titanic?

John Jacob Astor was the wealthiest passenger aboard Titanic. He was the head of the Astor family, with a personal fortune of approximately $150,000,000. Born on 13 July 1864 to William Astor, he was educated at St. Paul's School, Concord and later went to Harvard.
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Do ships still hit icebergs?

Thanks to radar technology, better education for mariners and iceberg monitoring systems, ship collisions with icebergs are generally avoidable, but the results can still be disastrous when they occur. "These things are very rare. It's one of those risks that are low frequency but high impact.
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WHO warned the Titanic of icebergs?

New York, April 17—Captain Smith of the Titanic had warning of the danger ahead of him in the giant iceberg that sent his vessel to the bottom of the North Atlantic. As a matter of fact, the Titanic relayed the warning to the shore.
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