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|RMS Titanic - Wheelhouse|
Explore Titanic Deck by Deck
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The titanic's bridge contained all the usual equipment for a ship of that day. The main items of interest were three polished ships telegraphs which showed direction, speed and sent orders to the engine room, other items within the bridge area included automatic fog warning equipment, four telephones, and the control panel for operating titanic watertight doors these doors were closed shortly after the ship collided with the iceberg probably using the control panel located in the bridge, however the doors also had a float built into the door mechanism which would also activate the door if water was detected, once the watertight doors had closed they could only be opened again using the control panel in the bridge.
The ships wheel was not in the main bridge area but in a tiny room separated by windows immediately behind the bridge, this room was called the wheelhouse, some survivors of the titanic disaster reported to have seen captain smith lock himself inside the wheelhouse during the final moments of the sinking but due to conflicting accounts Captain Smith's fate will probably remain uncertain.
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Crows Nest Warning: After lookouts Frederick Fleet and Reginald lee Sounded the alarm, officers on the bridge had only 37 seconds to respond before titanic struck the iceberg.
Lifeboat Drill: For reasons Unknown captain Smith cancelled the scheduled lifeboat drill due to take place on April 14, 1912
Titanic Dogs: From the nine on board Two dogs a Pekinese and a Pomeranian managed to make it into lifeboats and survived the disaster.
Smokestacks: One of titanics smokestacks was cosmetic as designers thought the ship would look more impressive with four funnels, however it did have a purpose as it provided ventilation to the turbine engine room and the reciprocating engine room.
Ripples in time: The sinking of the titanic probably changed the course of history, the loss of the world’s largest, most advanced ship deemed unsinkable not only brought about recommendations to the ship building codes, but unlike today communication in 1912 was difficult, there was no internet or mobile phones, for most of the population mail was the most common form of long distant communication, Titanic was effectively a floating post office when she sank seven million individual items of mail were lost and did not make it to their destination, this gives us food for thought as we will never know what was in all those letters.