Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry

Fifth Day

 

Quebec,
Saturday, June 20, 1914.

 

The Commissioners appointed by the Honourable John Douglas Hazen, the Minister of Marine and Fisheries of Canada, under Part X of the Canada Shipping Act as amended, to inquire into the casualty to the British Steamship Empress of Ireland, in which the said steamship, belonging to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, was sunk in collision with the Norwegian Steamship Storstad, in the River St. Lawrence, on the morning of Friday, the 29th day of May, 1914, met at Quebec this morning, the twentieth day of June, 1914.

Lord Mersey:
Is the witness here?

Mr. Haight:
Yes, my Lord.

WITNESSES.

Jacob Saxe - Third Officer - ss. Storstad.
Testimony - Resumed

Ludwig Fremmerlid - Seaman - ss. Storstad.
Testimony

Peter Johannsen - Quartermaster - ss. Storstad.
Testimony

Jacob Singdahlsen - Third Engineer - ss. Storstad.
Testimony

 

Lord Mersey:
Who is the next witness?

Mr. Newcombe:
Capt. Pouliot of the Lady Evelyn is here and if it would be convenient to take his testimony now he will be able to go back to the ship.

Lord Mersey:
No, I am at one part of the case and I do not want somebody else to be dragged in.

Mr. Haight:
Would your lordship allow Mr. Good to answer any question that the tribunal may wish to put to him so that he will not be held here till Monday? It was he who made the model. I think that Mr. Hillhouse agrees that it approximates to the right conformation.

Lord Mersey:
Mr. Hillhouse, are there any questions that you think we need to put in respect to this model?

Mr. Hillhouse:
No, my Lord.

Lord Mersey:
Very well, you can let him go, Mr. Haight.

 

WITNESSES.

Aaron Syvertsen - Chief Engineer - ss. Storstad.
Testimony

 

Mr. Newcombe:
My Lord, before the Court adjourns might I have these log books identified and marked, Scrap Log, Engineer's Log, and Bridge Log?

Mr. Haight:
My Lord, are they all to be marked now. Are you marking the translations as well?

Mr. Newcombe:
They want to verify the translations before they are marked. Keep them in the log book for the time.

The log books were then filed and marked.

 

The Commission thereupon adjourned, at 1.25 p.m., until Monday, June 22nd at 10 a.m.