British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry

Day 11

[Counsel Present]

WITNESS.

Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon - First Class Passenger, SS "Titanic" - Recalled.
Testimony - Biography

Mr. Duke:
Lady Duff-Gordon is here, Mr. Attorney.

The Attorney-General:
My friend wishes Lady Duff-Gordon to be called, and, of course, I will examine her. I propose to take her at once to the point at issue.

WITNESS.

Lady Duff-Gordon - First Class Passenger, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

The Attorney-General:
There are other members of the crew here, but I do not propose to call them. I understand my friend does not ask me to call them, and I do not suggest they would throw any light on the matter, or that anything they would say would contain any suggestion either against Sir Cosmo or Lady Duff-Gordon.

Mr. Duke:
Upon that understanding that neither of the members of the crew corroborates either Hendrickson or Taylor upon that subject. I have nothing more to say.

The Attorney-General:
No, I cannot do that; I will not do that.

Mr. Duke:
Then I would rather my friend should call any Witness he thinks will throw light upon it.

The Attorney-General:
I can give no undertaking of that kind. I should have thought it was quite plain that I could not. I thought they would not be able to help us very much; I thought we had got the story.

The Commissioner:
I do not think they will be able to help us at all, but still, in the circumstances, I think you must put them into the box.

The Attorney-General:
Certainly, My Lord; they shall be called.

The Commissioner:
I hope you will be able to take those witnesses quite shortly. They are put into the box more for Mr. Duke.

The Attorney-General:
Yes, My Lord. I will call Collins first.

The Commissioner:
I do not know whether you desire the other two Witnesses to be out of Court while Collins is examined.

The Attorney-General:
I do not.

The Commissioner:
If not, I think it would be convenient to have them in Court. Do you object, Mr. Duke?

Mr. Duke:
No, My Lord, I concur, if I may say so.

The Attorney-General:
All the other Witnesses have been in Court whilst we have been enquiring into this part of the story.

The Commissioner:
Very well.

WITNESSES.

Samuel Collins - Fireman, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

Frederick Sheath - Trimmer, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

Robert William Pusey - Fireman, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

The Commissioner:
That is all, is it not?

The Attorney-General:
That is all.

The Commissioner:
We have now finished with No. 1 boat.

The Attorney-General:
We are going on now with the examination of Wheat, who was under examination. We have been through the boat list so far, but you have not had the evidence yet of five boats, 3, 8, 9, 10 and 16. We are going to call some evidence of those, and then we shall be in a position after that to give you a list together with a digest of the evidence with regard to each boat.

We are only going to call one or at most two from each of the boats.

(The witness Wheat was called.)

The Solicitor-General:
He appears to have selected this moment to leave, My Lord, but he is coming back again. I am sorry.

The Commissioner:
Have you the number of the boat he was in?

The Solicitor-General:
He was in boat No. 11. We wanted to call a stewardess, and I understand she is here and we can do it at once.

WITNESS.

Elizabeth Leather - First Class Stewardess, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

The Solicitor-General:
We have this man Wheat here now.

WITNESS.

Joseph Thomas Wheat - Assistant Second Steward, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

Annie Robinson - First Class Stewardess, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

Walter Wynn - Quartermaster, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

(After a short adjournment.)

WITNESS.

Charles Herbert Lightoller - Second Officer, SS "Titanic."
Testimony - Biography

The Solicitor-General:
I do not know whether your Lordship would wish the date of the adjournment to be settled now.

The Commissioner:
I thought that it would be convenient to rise next Friday evening about this time, and then to adjourn until the following Tuesday week. I mean adjourn over the Whit week. We shall have plenty to do, I at all events shall have plenty to do in the meantime. I shall have all these notes to read, and post myself up in the evidence. I do not know whether that is convenient to you, Sir Robert?

Sir Robert Finlay:
Yes, My Lord. I have communicated with the Attorney-General about this.

The Solicitor-General:
The Attorney-General told me so, and I thought it would be convenient if your Lordship made the announcement now, as it helps people to make their arrangements.

The Commissioner:
Very well.

(Adjourned to tomorrow, at 10.30 o'clock.)