British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry
Testimony of Elizabeth Leather
Examined by Mr. BUTLER ASPINALL.
13156. Were you serving as a first class stewardess on the "Titanic" on the occasion of this disaster?
13157. Were you asleep, or rather, were you turned in at the time of the collision with the iceberg?
13158. Did you get up?
- Not for some time afterwards.
13159. When you speak of some time, do you mean in five minutes or half-an-hour, or what?
- About half-an-hour or three-quarters.
13160. You thought there was no reason for getting up?
13161. And your judgment is that in about half-an-hour or three-quarters of an hour you got up?
13162. Would it be your business to look after some of the ladies in your part of the ship?
13163. And did you go to look after them?
- They had already gone out of their rooms.
13164. By the time you got up you found they were all up?
13165. Where did you go after you got up?
- Up to B deck.
13166. Did you see any of your stewardesses about?
- Yes, quite a number.
13167. Were the stewardesses, as far as you could see, all doing their duty?
- Yes; they had blankets and ciderdowns to put round people.
13168. And as a class they were doing all they were being told to do were they?
13169. Looking after the lady passengers?
13170. You went to B deck; did you remain on B deck or did you go elsewhere?
- I went down to the cabin again.
13171. To your cabin?
13172. I do not want to go into this in great detail. You went to your own cabin and then later on did you go up?
13173. To which deck?
- To A deck.
13174. Were you after a time helped into No. 16 boat?
13175. And you were ultimately taken on board the "Carpathia"?
Examined by Mr. SCANLAN.
13176. Have you been for a considerable time a stewardess?
13177. Is it the practice on liners to give each stewardess a boat station?
13178. And at some time on the voyage are the stewardesses as well as the other hands called to their stations?
- Only on sailing days; there is then a boat muster.
13179. But you had not that on the "Titanic"?
- On the sailing day we all mustered in the companion to pass the doctor.
13180. You mean the day you left Southampton?
13181. But were you told then what your boat station was?
- No, we were supposed to look for it ourselves on the list.
13182. But you had not been told the station you would take on the boat?
13183. After the collision you and all the other stewardesses were doing their duty in helping the people as much as possible?
Examined by Mr. HARBINSON.
13184. Do you know if after the collision any general alarm was sounded on the "Titanic"?
- I do not know.
Examined by Sir ROBERT FINLAY.
13185. Before your boat put off did you hear the question asked whether there were any more women and children?
- Yes, and there were no more to be seen when we went off.
(The Witness withdrew.)