Wednesday, 22 June 2016

TITANIC - MOUNT TEMPLE CONTROVERSY.

The Advertiser (Adelaide) 27 April, 1912.

NEW YORK, April 25. 
An extraordinary report is current here.
Several passengers and members of the
crew of the British steamer Mount Temple,
3,790 tons, which has just arrived at St.
Johns, allege that on the night of April 7
they saw the Titanic's rockets and flare-
lights, but the Mount Temple continued on her course. 
The officers of the vessel deny that any signals were seen. 

http://www.titanicinquiry.org/ships/mounttemple.php

Length:485.0 ft
Breadth:59.0 ft.
Draft (or Depth):30.4 ft.
Tonnage:8,790 (gross); 7,229 (underdeck); 6,661 (net)
Engines:Triple expansion, 6 cyl. (2 each) 22", 37", 62", 59" x 48" stroke
Speed:13 knots
Builder:Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., Ltd., Glasgow. Yard No. 709
Launched:June 18, 1901
Maiden Voyage:September 19, 1901
Disposition:December 6, 1916 - Intercepted and sunk by German commerce raider..
Particulars:






Port of Registry: Liverpool, England
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Buff, black top
Company flag: Six alternate red and white squares in two rows
Signal Letters: S P C J
Wireless call letters: M L Q
Details: Steel hull; 1 funnel; 4 masts; twin screws; 2 decks, shelter deck; Accommodation: Saloon 60; steerage c. 1,000


Westbound, London to St. John's, Newfoundland. April 15, 1912, at 12:15 a.m., was among the first vessels (with Frankfurt and La Provence) to hear Titanic's distress call. Mount Temple acknowledged and responded with her own position of 41.25N., 51.14W. She then sped toward the site and at 3:25 a.m. arrived within about 14 miles from the spot where Titanic had sunk at 2:20 a.m., and stopped there because of ice in her path.






Conflicting reports and an excuse (?) for not going to Titanic's aid. By all account, including that of the Harlow, captains did not always respond appropriately to vessels in distress. Weather, logistics, safety and insurance had to be taken into account. 

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