Awesome / A Night to Remember

  • While the real Lightoller has his share of failures in the Titanic disaster, his fictional depiction in A Night to Remember is full of Awesome efforts. Most notable is the fact that he is able to confidently yell out directions to those around him...all while swimming in 28°F water!
  • Lightoller one-ups himself on numerous occasions, but the band members at the end have to take the biscuit.
    • To clarify: the band had been playing throughout the loading of the lifeboats to help keep calm. When the last boat has left and the ship is beginning its final plunge, the bandmaster, William Hartley, bids his bandmates farewell, then begins to play "Nearer My God to Thee." The rest of the band soon joins in, playing one final hymn to offer some consolation for their fellow passengers who are about to die.
  • There was also 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown', demanding that the lifeboat turn around and put back to try and rescue as many of the people in the water as they could. She also got the women in the boat with her to join in working the oars.
    • This exchange when one of the crewmen assigned to her lifeboat is panicking after the sinking:
    Hitchens: "We've got no water, no compass, not charts..."
    Molly: "Aw, shut up!"
  • That Thomas Andrews, the Titanic's lead designer, retires to the smoking lounge to quietly await the end deserves a mention here.
    • That moment where he quietly corrects the clock in the lounge. To the very end, he did what he could for his ship.
  • The old gentleman who we see quietly reading in the lounge after everyone else has fled is never even named, but displays classic Stiff Upper Lip at its finest.
  • The real Crowning Momentof Awesome is, barring some slight (only slight!) exageration where Lightoller's concerned, all of these examples were Truth in Television.
  • An obviously rich old lady in the lifeboats hears a woman from steerage wailing that she can't go without her husband. The rich lady replies "Certainly not! Kindly help me out of here."
  • The crew of the RMS Carpathia. While the SS Californian is implicated for ignoring the Titanic's sinking, the radio operator of the Carpathia instantly rushes to the captain about the emergency with the distress call he just received, who hesitates for only a few seconds before ordering the ship to race to the emergency at full speed. Was even more awesome in Real Life when you consider that a) they went through the heart of the very iceberg field that sank the Titanic in the dark, and b) by running the boilers at full capacity for the whole journey (as well as cutting off heat and hot water through much of the ship and locking the safety valves shut), Carpathia exceeded her official top speed of 14 knots by 125%, reaching 17.5 knots in her desperate race for Titanic. The result shaved nearly an hour off Carpathia's journey, saving God only knows how many lives. Never again in her long and storied career would the Carpathia ever achieve that much speed.