British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry
Testimony of Wilfred Seward
Examined by Mr. BUTLER ASPINALL.
17785. Were you Second class Pantry Steward on the "Titanic"?
17786. And I believe you were in your bunk when you felt the shock?
17787. You got up, and after you got up, did you look after the second class passengers, or help to look after them?
- I went to sleep again.
17788. I do not want the whole story. You did, after a time, get up?
17789. And then you knew that it was necessary to help the passengers?
17790. Did you help your second class passengers, put lifebelts on them and warn them about what they were to do?
- I put lifebelts on lots of passengers, not knowing what class they were.
17791. Had you a boat assigned to you according to the boat list?
17792. I think you had seen the boat list?
17793. You knew your boat was No. 3?
17794. Finding that people were taking to the boats, you went to your boat?
- I went to No. 5 boat first.
17795. But eventually you went to your boat?
17796. And when you got to your boat were there people being put into it?
17797. Later on were they put into it?
17798. I do not want the whole story; we have heard it so often. Was that boat lowered to the water?
17799. Were there about 58 people in that boat - 60 people, say?
- Between 50 and 60.
17800. I think you were in it?
17801. And a steward?
- No other steward.
17802. Were there some firemen and sailors in it?
17803. How many do you think?
- About 15.
17804. Fifteen firemen and sailors?
17805. Of the 15, about how many do you think were firemen?
- There would be 10 firemen and four sailors.
17806. Who else was in the boat?
- First class and second class passengers.
17807. Were they men or women?
- Men and women.
17808. How many do you think were men?
- About 10 men.
17809. And how many women?
- The rest were women and children.
17810. But how many?
- I have not the exact numbers.
Mr. Butler Aspinall:
We can do the sum.
Examined by Mr. COTTER.
17811. Who got you out of your bed that night?
- The second Steward.
17812. Did he give you any orders?
- No, not special orders, only to get on deck.
17813. And you went to the second cabin instead?
- I went to my own place.
17814. What did you do when you got to the second cabin; did you go into the dining-room?
- I went into my own place to see the boat-list.
17815. Did you go into the second cabin dining-room?
17816. Where did you go to put the lifebelts on people?
- Down on the companions.
17817. Do you remember seeing the emergency door open on E deck?
- All emergency doors were open at that time.
17818. How long after the collision was this?
- About three-quarters of an hour.
17819. Were any general orders given at all throughout the ship in the stewards' department?
- To get all the passengers on deck and see they had lifebelts.
17820. That was the order?
- That was the order.
17821. Do you remember seeing any bulkhead doors closed along that deck?
- No, I could not see that; it would be inside.
Examined by Sir ROBERT FINLAY.
17822. Was there difficulty about getting people into the boats?
- They did not seem to wish to get into the boats.
17823. Your room would be aft off the main alleyway?
17824. I suppose you would go along by the main alleyway?
17825. In doing that, did you see the stewards attending to the people?
- The stewards were doing the best they could.
17826. Were there many third class passengers you saw?
- They were all third class passengers I saw then.
17827. Coming along?
- Yes, going to the emergency door.
17828. Were there biscuits and stores being got out from the storekeepers?
- They were bringing them up from the store rooms for the boat at that time.
(The Witness withdrew.)