British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry

Day 14

Testimony of Harold G. Lowe, recalled

Further examined by Sir ROBERT FINLAY.

17041. You were on duty from 6 to 8?
- I was.

17042. Did you ever hear anything about a message from the "Amerika" to be sent on to Cape Race about ice?
- No.

17043. Or about a message from the "Mesaba"?
- No.

Examined by the SOLICITOR-GENERAL.

17044. You have told us before about the chit that you saw, the little piece of paper on the chart room table. Can you tell us when you saw it?
- I suppose it must have been shortly after 6.

17045. Shortly after 6?
- Yes.

17046. What had it on it actually?
- It had the word "ice," and then a position underneath the word "ice."

17047. What do you mean by a "position"?
- That means to say a latitude and a longitude.

17048. (The Commissioner.) Where the ice was?
- Where the ice was, My Lord, yes.

17049. (The Solicitor-General.) Did you recognise the writing?
- I did not. I suppose I only looked at it casually.

17050. I think you told us before that when you saw it, you reckoned on the chart when you would get to it?
- I did not say when we would meet it; I said that I worked it out mentally, and that I found that we should not come to that position during my watch from 6 to 8. That is what I meant to imply.

17051. I think that is exactly what you said. You are quite right. You cannot tell us more about it than that?
- I cannot.

17052. I will put the same question to you, and that is the only other thing I want to know. How many reports about ice - I am not talking about tank steamers - did you hear of?
- I do not remember having heard of any, and that is the only one that I saw. They may have been on the notice board, and I may not have looked at the notice board. I do not remember looking at the notice board, and that is the only paper or note that I saw referring to ice, as I have stated.

(The Witness withdrew.)