British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry

Day 6

[Counsel Present]


Sir Robert Finlay:
With regard to the Witness in the box, Hendrickson, I am informed that the surviving Officers will arrive at Queenstown this morning and Liverpool tomorrow morning. Under those circumstances I should ask your Lordship's permission to adjourn the cross-examination of this Witness until Tuesday, when there will be an opportunity of getting any information which any of them may be able to give with regard to his evidence.

The Commissioner:
I think that is reasonable. Will you, Mr. Attorney-General, let your junior prepare for me a list of boats with the crews they had on them and the number of passengers, and, if he can give it to me, the proportion of men to women.

The Attorney-General:
Yes.

The Commissioner:
I do not think, so far, the evidence has attempted to distinguish between classes - I do not quite see how it could.

The Attorney-General:
No. We are attempting to do that, we are doing it ourselves as we proceed. Of course, it is not possible to do it properly until we have called a few more Witnesses.

The Commissioner:
No, it is not.

The Attorney-General:
Then your Lordship shall have it. I quite appreciate that you want it; you want the boats.

The Commissioner:
Yes, the numbers of the boats and giving me the effect of the evidence as to how each boat was manned, and what number it carried, and what the proportion of men to women was.

The Attorney-General:
Yes, we can give the reference also to the evidence. I do not know whether your Lordship sees this piece of white paper; I understand Mr. Wilding has put it here. (Pointing on the model.) Your Lordship will remember these pieces.

The Commissioner:
I have not seen that piece.

The Attorney-General:
This is a new piece. This is a piece carrying out what was said by Hendrickson yesterday so as to show the spot at which the water was coming in.

The Commissioner:
When he was looking down the spiral staircase?

The Attorney-General:
Yes, Mr. Wilding has placed that there, I understand.

Sir Robert Finlay:
Yes.

The Attorney-General:
It is so much easier to fix it in one's mind.

WITNESSES.

Frank Herbert Morris - First Class Bath Steward, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

Frederick Scott - Greaser, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

Charles Joughin - Chief Baker, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

The Solicitor-General:
You will see, my Lord, now that Mr. Wilding has put on that model the mark which indicates the waterline, as best he can estimate it at this time.

The Commissioner:
Yes, I see that.

WITNESS.

Samuel Rule - Bathroom Steward, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

Sir Robert Finlay:
My Lord, with regard to the question of experts which has been mentioned, we should have no objection whatever if the other gentlemen engaged in the case can agree upon an expert to go with them; we should not object to that in the very least, but we do not think there ought to be an indefinite multiplication of experts.

The Commissioner:
Then if you gentlemen can put your heads together, and agree upon one expert to go with you, the White Star Company will be glad that you should have him with you. Find an expert in whom you all have confidence, and let him go with you to show you.

(Adjourned till Tuesday next at 10.30 o'clock.)