I like to nitpik movie errors, for instance using a 1950 car model in a 1941 movie scene. However I think the biggest movie boob is in the lastest Titanic remake (Decaprio etal). I’ve also seen same mistake in at least one made for TV version. Moments before the ship hits the iceberg the officer on watch orders a hard turn to Starboard and shuts water tight doors etc. Then the film shifts to the berg as the bow of the ship turns at an agonizingly slow pace, wait for it, to PORT. (Starboard is Right port is Left). In the film the ship turns left to avoid the berg, the damage is along the starboard (right) side of the ship. I can’t remember if this happened on turn in the earlier movies, A Night to Remember and Titanic, I think both were made in the early 1950’s
I kinda have the same problem crossing the roads in England, looking left first and seeing nothing step into the path of a double decker bus coming from the other direction!!
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Actually this phrase is a ‘left-over’ from sailing days. Hard-a-starboard actually meant turning to port.
Hi JG I don’t agree, the term starboard has been used at least as far back as the 16th century. Starboard has always been right, and originally Larboard was left, However, in the wind it was confusing and difficult to hear so it was changed(not sure when) to port. Certainly in 1912 maritime law and the rule of the road was port and starboard,running lights were red-port and green-starbord. So I’m afraid I stand by my claim that in the movie Titanic the order was hard a starboard and the ship turned to port. Cheers Ben ************* My Books Lily & Me, and The Royal Navy & Me, are now available as E-Books. Go to http://www.smashwords.com Interested in Submarines,Antique cars,VW Westfalia’s, Dogs, HMS Ganges, Royal Navy? then Visit our website and blog at http://www.irishroversbooks.com
I’ve never seen the movie myself, but I’ve read lots of books that have explained this theory. Also here is a link, where Titanic enthusiast ask every question imaginable. Regarding the ‘Hard-a-starboard’: http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/discus/messages/5664/164.html?1145613785
I also just came across this:
On sighting the iceberg the ships officers shout ‘Hard a starboard’ at the helmsman, but the helmsman turns the wheel to port. The ship did actually alter course to port and then Murdoch
attempted to ‘starboard the ship’ to swing the stern clear of the iceberg.Titanic’s steering followed the old British practice (derived from sailing ships) that turning the wheel to starboard would make the rudder and thus the ship turn to port. Conversly turning the wheel to port as the helmsman is shown doing would make the ship turn to starboard. Hope this clear it up. 🙂
Hmmm what I recall of that scene was the officer of the watch ordering hard a starboard, the ship turning to port and everyone watching and urged the ship to turn faster to port and out of the path of the berg, same scene in the crows nest . It was nevertheless an exciting movie with wonderful shots of the ship, but I still think a “Night To Remember” was the best Titanic movie. Regards Ben
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I did see Night To Remember, and while there were ‘glitches’ it was still highly accurate. If you will note one of the band members play a flute, which was not true. JG