Atlantic liners change their clocks daily. When I crossed to NY in 1962, on the France, the clocks were put back an hour at 6 a.m. each day. When was the ship's time on the Titanic last changed?
#113472. Asked by davejacobs. (Mar 18 10 1:20 AM)
They were set at midnight each night so that at noon the following day (ship time) the sun was overhead. The clocks were changed by 44 minutes, 44 minutes and 23 minutes, in accord with the speed of RMS Titanic. The last change was at midnight 2 hrs 20 mins (less 23 mins) before she sank.|
Senator SMITH. Can you fix the exact moment of time when the Titanic disappeared?
Mr. PITMAN. 2.20 exactly, ship's time. I took my watch out at the time she disappeared, and I said, "It is 2.20," and the passengers around me heard it.
Senator SMITH. I neglected to ask you whether, in fixing the time when the Titanic disappeared beneath the water, you gave me ship's time?
Mr. PITMAN. Yes; that is ship's time.
Senator SMITH. You had the accurate ship's time?
Mr. PITMAN. Yes, sir.
Senator SMITH. When were the ship's clocks set; do you know?
Mr. PITMAN. They are set at midnight every night.
Senator SMITH. They were set at midnight?
Mr. PITMAN. Every night.
Mr. PITMAN. They are corrected in the forenoon, perhaps half a minute or a minute; that is all.
Senator SMITH. What is that, Mr. Lightoller?
Mr. LIGHTOLLER. The clocks are set at midnight, but that is for the approximate noon position of the following day. Therefore Sunday noon the clocks will be accurate.
Senator SMITH. That is Mr. Lightoller, the second officer.
[To the witness:] What was the Greenwich time compared with the ship's time?
Mr. PITMAN. I can not say.
Senator SMITH. Can you say, Mr. Lightoller?
Mr. LIGHTOLLER. I can give you the Greenwich time.
Senator SMITH. I wish you would.
Mr. LIGHTOLLER. 5.47 - 2.20 - 5.47 Greenwich mean time: 2.20 apparent time of ship.
At another point in the same site, this is stated:|
 It should also be mentioned that on the night of April 14, Titanic’s clocks were to be put back a total of 47 minutes so they would read 12:00 at noon the following day. Because of the accident at 11:40 p.m., that planned set back did not take place.  As Third Officer Pitman put it, “we had something else to think of.” 
If as Pitman said they had other matters to consider, the last actual change would have been midnight April 13/14, although some officers might have made adjustments to their personal watches. Unlikely that they would bother though given the circumstances.
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