As author Daniel Allen Butler wrote: “The crime of Stanley Lord was not that he may have ignored the Titanic’s rockets, but that he unquestionably ignored someone’s cry for help.” Still, “Titanic’s” out-of-sequence firing of rockets could have given cause to doubt distress. The manner in which they were fired would officially have meant navigation difficulty, asking to please stand by.
World War I
SS Californian is located in Greece
Californian continued normal service until World War I, when the British government took control of her.
On 9 November 1915, while en route from Salonica to Marseilles, she was torpedoed and sunk approximately 60 miles (50 nmi; 100 km) south-southwest of Cape Matapan, Greece by the German U-boat U-35, killing one person. As of 2014, Californian’s wreck has not been found and discovered. The Californian went down less than 200 miles (170 nmi; 320 km) from the location where the HMHS Britannic, Titanic’s sister ship, would sink just over a year later.