Acknowledgements and Sources
This site includes much original work. The theory on the error in the
SOS position is entirely mine, as is most of the work on the view of Titanic
from Californian. The approach to the problem of Californian's
position is my own. The theory concerning the error in Captain Rostron's
timing is entirely original, as is most of the work on Carpathia's
course The fantasy in which Californian goes to the rescue is all
mine. The page on the astronomy of the night is entirely mine, with computer
assistance. The page on the course and time needed to avoid all ice was
prompted by a question on the alt.history.ocean-liners.titanic newsgroup.
For the rest, I have drawn on the US Senate enquiry and certain key books,
as well as my own knowledge of navigation. The main references used were
The material on Cruising the West Coast is drawn entirely from personal
experience. All anchorages described have been used by my Roberts 27, Chloe
II. All the photographs were taken by me during various cruises made
since 1991. I am indebted to Geoffrey Manning's Place Names of South
Australia for information about the naming of Elliston and other matters.
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Special thanks to the North Haven branch of the Australian
Volunteer Coastguard for information about their radio network and to the
State Library of South Australia for assistance with books and charts.
All text on this site is © D. Gittins, 2011