Titanic: The Art of Ken Marschall
Over the years I have read everything available about that terrible night, but there is one thing that has not been explained.
During it's sea trials they were required to make an emergency turn, once using only the propellers, and then using only the rudders. A failure in this, or many other thsts may have resulted in the ship not attaining a certificate of sea worthiness.
The unanswered question is, Had they used a combination of these methods, ie one wing propperpelor full astern; the other full ahead, and the rudder over port or starboard to assist the turn. then may the outcome been much different.
It has always been a question in my mind concerning the time necessary to get the recriprocating engines to stop and then run astern. I cannot recall any mention of the turbine engine that drove the third (centre) propellor. There would be no such delay in reversing that one?
Doubtless there will be a long line of people much more clever than me, that have the answers.