I found this, from the official British Titanic Inquiry transcript of questions put to Lightoller (the Titanic's 2nd Officer, and most senior crew-member to survive the sinking) and his answers:
14071. Did you notice when you came up to the surface and found this collapsible boat near you whether the whole of the ship had disappeared?
- Oh, no.
14072. She had not?
- No. The forward funnel was still there - all the funnels were above water.
14073. (The Commissioner.) When you first came up?
- When I first came up.
14074. (The Solicitor-General.) I do not know whether you can help us at all in describing what happened to the ship. You were engaged and had other things to think about; but what did happen to the ship? Can you tell us at all?
- Are you referring to the reports of the ship breaking in two?
- It is utterly untrue. The ship did not and could not have broken in two.
14076. (The Commissioner.) If you saw it - if you saw what happened, tell us what it was?
- After the funnel fell there was some little time elapsed. I do not know exactly what came or went, but the next thing I remember I was alongside this collapsible boat again, and there were about half a dozen standing on it. I climbed on it, and then turned my attention to the ship. The third if not the second funnel was still visible, certainly the third funnel was still visible. The stern was then clear of the water.
Lightoller claims to have witnessed the ship sinking whilst in the water, and refutes the suggestion that she broke in two - which we know was either an incredible error or an outright lie!
We have evidence that she did indeed snap apart before sinking (from her remains at the bottom of the Atlantic) and modern forensic science.
So why did Lighttoller lie to the Inquiry about such an important part of the ships last minutes?
Was he protecting his employers (and his job) because the ships structure had failed so easily?
Did the "Titanic" split apart so easily because she was in fact, the seriously damaged 'Olympic' (who had substained serious damage to her keel previously) and so weakened had failed, and did he know this and had to lie to cover up any questions regard the state of her construction, which would have certainly been directed to the owners and builders?If he openly lied about such an important piece of evidence, what else was he prepared to lie about?
Lightollers own Grand-daughter has written that her Grand-father did indeed cover-up for the company, over steering errors apparently, so he was certainly a man to 'lie' for his company!
ONDON (Reuters) – The Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 because of a basic steering error, and only sank as fast as it did because an official persuaded the captain to continue sailing, an author said in an interview published on Wednesday.
Louise Patten, a writer and granddaughter of Titanic second officer Charles Lightoller, said the truth about what happened nearly 100 years ago had been hidden for fear of tarnishing the reputation of her grandfather, who later became a war hero.
Lightoller, the most senior officer to have survived the disaster, covered up the error in two inquiries on both sides of the Atlantic because he was worried it would bankrupt the ill-fated liner's owners and put his colleagues out of a job.
So there we have it - in just a couple of hours digging, I find that the 'Hero' of the Titanic disaster was a full blown 'company' man prepared to lie for them and hide the real truth of what happened.
I just wonder about any other truths he covered up - like being on a seriously damaged ship, heading out to sea, ripe for sinking, in a huge insurance fraud which would guarantee his future in the company.