Examined by Mr. BRANSON.
1726. Were you a fireman on board the "Lusitania”?
1727. Were you in the No. 1 stokehold on the 12 to 4 watch on the day of this disaster?
1728. Were you working at the centre boiler on the port side of the ship?
1729. As you were working there did you hear an explosion?
1730. Where did you think the explosion came from?
- I thought it came from the forward end on the starboard side, from the forward side of the starboard boiler.
1731. Did water come into the boiler room?
1732. How soon after you had heard the explosion?
- About 2 or 3 minutes.
1733. Was it much water?
- Well, I ran to the watertight door, that was shut down, and by the time I got back it was coming through the boilers. There would be about a foot and a half then.
1734. Then I think you got to the escape ladder and up the ventilator?
- I got knocked down by the force of the water, but I got up and went up the escape ladder and got out on the deck.
1735. And fortunately you were rescued?
(The Witness withdrew.)