The Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA, April 24, 1912
Few Dollars Might Have Saved Vessel and Human Freight
White Star Company Failed to Provide Glasses for Lookouts to Aid Them in Searching Sea for Icebergs or Other Perils
Cries of Stricken Ones Make One Long, Continuous Moan
Third Officer Pittman tells of heartrending scenes as Liner Titanic Is Going Down, After begging that he be spared recital of terrible facts—relates how he refused to turn boat back to pick up passengers drifting in the water—Major Peuchen’s Story
Washington, April 23—Like the missing horseshoe nail that cost a monarch his kingdom, the failure to provide binoculars and spyglasses for the lookout on the Titanic was one contributing cause of the ship’s loss, and with it the loss of more that 1,600 lives.
Two witnesses before the Senate investigating committee today agreed on this. They were Frederick Fleet, a lookout on the liner, and Major Arthur Godfrey Peuchen, Canadian manufacturer and yachtsman, who was among the rescued passengers.
Fleet acknowledges that if he had been aided in his observations by a good glass he probably could have spied the berg into which the ship crashed, in time to have warned the bridge to avoid it. Major Peuchen also testified to the much greater sweep of vision afforded by binoculars and, as a yachtsman, said he believed that the presence of an iceberg might have been detected in time to escape the collision had the lookout men been so equipped.