Simon Mills wrote:After the ships had been seperated, Hawke's ram subsequently detached altogether (I don't think it has ever been found) and when the ship was repaired it was not replaced, largely because underwater rams were considered to be pretty much obsolete by then.
The White Star Line would later salvage it [the ram] from the bottom of the Solent in hopes that its position indicated the point of collision, a matter, like the two ships' respective courses, which would remain in contention. But, in fact, it was an inaccurate marker . . . When it was recovered, shiny fragments of bronze were embedded in the forward plating, clear indication that the Olympic's starboard screw had been nicked as well.
Simon Mills wrote:Mark,
Thanks for the Maxtone-Graham reference, but if you could dig out your primary source at some stage then that would be useful. So far as I recall, the Aspinall summary of the White Star v. Royal Navy case was published in 1913, so I assume that the ram would have been located by then?
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