Walter wrote:This may sound naive, but I have always thought that I would have tried lowering charges to the starboard area in an attempt to clear debris and attempt to steer with the propelers.
That was considered and rejected because they thought they would do more harm than good. I believe the seas made it impossible to work over the side, and water was surging in and out of the rudder room making it very difficult to get in there and work. They were trying to disengage the rudder as designed to do so. People became exhausted pretty quickly though, and I think they finally just gave up trying. The thing is, in trials I believe they were unable to steer the ship with the screws with the rudders amidships, so when one became jammed it was pretty hopeless.
I don't have the info with me right now and I'm sure if I'm way off base someone will say so.