You had one job!!!
and he did his job thank you very much
I am in total agreement.
Here’s the thing folks: Freddie up there was a lookout, yes. And that’s all he was. His job was to be the Radar, the Alarm that said “Hey guy in charge! Something’s there! Maybe it’s important?” That includes icebergs, land, wrecks, and other ships which may not yet be in the way, but could very soon.
Having Binoculars would have obscured his peripheral vision, which, has a ship been heading his way, would have resulted in a collision like what had sunk the RMS Republic three years earlier, or the Empress of Ireland or Andrea Doria two and forty-four years later respectively.
Also, there are the conditions that night: No moon, and the ocean was glass smooth. Unless some Time Lord was kind enough to string up that berg with Christmas Lights, the only way to see it was by an absence of starlight, which unless you’re highly experienced and/or know what to look for… Ain’t exactly an obvious thing.
Yes, Fleet and his mate had One Job: Look for Obstructions that might harm the ship. And they did it perfectly. Thanks to their early warning, Titanic was able to largely avoid the iceberg, rather than crash right into it, killing all of the crew and Third-Class passengers bunking in the bow, and accordianing the ship to the point that she sank in minutes, rather than the nearly three hours.
Fleet did his job. It was Murdoch who screwed up Titanic’s turning ability by putting both Reciprocating Engines Full Astern, rather than only the Port Engine and leaving the Starboard Full Ahead and the Center Turbine on.