United States Senate Inquiry

Day 14

Submitted: Proces-Verbal (SS Baltic)

[Extract of P. V. book Marconi office, steamship Baltic, Apr. 14, 1912.]

SUNDAY, April 14, 1912.

10.45 p.m.
Calling Titanic; no response.
11.10 p.m.

Jamming bad, but hear Titanic very faint, calling Olympic - latter strong; freaky. Hear Caronia calling. He tells me Titanic requires immediate assistance, gives position.

41.46 N, 50.14 W. - I advise bridge and call Titanic but unable to gain his attention. He appears to be tuned to Olympic and cuts me out.
11.35 p.m.
Titanic tells Olympic, "We are getting the women off in small boats." Tells Titanic, "Baltic coming to assistance." Caronia, I don't appear to reach him
11.45 p.m.
Titanic says, "Engine room getting flooded."

MONDAY, April 15, 1912.

Message from bridge gives our position 243 miles east of Titanic.

12.10 a.m.
1.05 a.m.
Virginian now calling Titanic and Olympic.
2.10 a.m.
Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm calls C.Q. I tell him standby on phones and not call.
3.05 a.m.
Eastport. Me. (station on Bay of Fundy) asks Frankfurt re C.Q.D. calls (he was jambing me at 11.05 p.m.).
5.05 a.m.
Signals Carpathia, Unable to work owing to persistent jamming by Californian, who is talking all the time.
5.30 a.m.
Californian persists in talking to steamship Birma such remarks as "Do you see a four-master salmon, pink smoke-stack, steamer around," etc. Impossible for us to work.
5.45 a.m.
Antillian calls C.Q. Told to stand by.
6.55 a.m.
Signals Carpathia but can do nothing for jambing by Californian and Birma, who are carrying on long, irrelevant conversations.
7.10 a.m.
In communication with Carpathia exchange traffic re passengers and get instructions to proceed Liverpool. We turn round at 7.15 a. m. We have come west 134 miles.
9.10 a.m.
Signals "United States."
9.20 a.m.
Two from Virginian.
10.15 a.m.
Signals from Virginian and Antillian.
10.30 a.m.

Californian still monopolizing the air with his remarks. Carrying on conversations with every station. Carpathia is trying to send me a message but communication is out of the question of owing to Californian.
11.00 a.m.
Still impossible to work Carpathia owing to Californian and Prinz Adalbert.
By on phones trying for Carpathia.
12.50 p.m.
Signals Bohemian.
1.00 p.m.
Balfour off.
Officer in charge, Marconi Telegraphs, Steamship Baltic.




Copies of messages sent and received with reference to the Titanic.

April 14, 1912.

11.10 p.m.
Urgent message sent to bridge, "Titanic struck berg - position 41.46 N. 50.14. Wants immediate assistance."
11.20 p.m.
Sent to bridge. "Capt. Smith saying 'Get all your boats ready, sinking.'" (Received direct from Titanic)
11.35 p.m.
Titanic sends C.Q.: "We are getting the women off in small boats."
11.45 p.m.
Titanic sends C.Q.: "Engine room getting flooded."
11.50 p.m.
From Baltic to Titanic: "Capt. Smith, Titanic - Baltic coming; we are 243 miles east."
7.07 a.m.

From Baltic to captain, Carpathia. Can I be of any assistance to you as regards taking some of the passengers from you. Will be at the position about 4.30. Let me know if you alter your position."
7.10 a.m.
From captain Carpathia to captain Baltic: "Am proceeding for Halifax or New York full speed. You had better proceed to Liverpool. Have about 800 passengers aboard."
GILBERT W. BALFOUR, care Marconi.