"The conventional wisdom of Titanic's lookouts spotting the fatal berg within a minute of impact is pure balderdash"
I would have thought that the following is more than enough proof for anyone that the lookout saw the berg, rang the bells and then called the bridge:
I reported it as soon as ever I seen it.
Mr. FLEET.I struck three bells first. Then I went straight to the telephone and rang them up on the bridge
I was waiting for one bell, which they strike, one bell just before the quarter of the hour, before the four hours, when you get a call to relieve; and I heard three bells strike, and I thought there was a ship ahead. Just after that I heard the collision
"- The first thing that was reported was after seven bells struck; it was some minutes, it might have been nine or ten minutes afterwards.
Three bells were struck by Fleet, warning "Right ahead," and immediately he rung the telephone up to the bridge, "Iceberg right ahead." The reply came back from the bridge, "Thank you."
However, if that's not enough, what about Boxhall hearing the bells then feeling the impact after he walked 40 feet?
Then of course there's the man who was at the very center of things... Quartermaster Hichens:
"973. How long was that [the sounding of the 3 bell warning] before the order came "Hard-a-starboard"?
- Well, as near as I can tell you, about half a minute
About 'half a minute does not mean 30 seconds but is the normal way for a UK person to convey a very short period of time.
The other way of saying it is "half a mo."
Against the foregoing, you are ranging the words of one person.... AB Scarrott
"343. How soon did you feel this vibration after you heard the three strikes on the gong?
- As I did not take much notice of the three strikes on the gong, I could hardly recollect the time; but I should think it was - well, we will say about five or eight minutes; it seemed to me about that time."
Not a positive statement by any means. In fact rather vague.
Compared to the witnesses above, the man actually admits to not taking much notice of the time. He then 'makes a stab' at guessing the time interval... "we will say about five or eight minutes"
I wouldn't like to depend on a man like that telling me how long it was until the bomb went off. Would you?