Lusitania

Limitation of Liability Hearings

Deposition of ALFRED STOCKTON

Third Class Passenger

ss "Lusitania"


 


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT,
Southern District of New York.

I N T H E MATTER

of

The Petition of THE CUNARD STEAMSHIP COMPANY, LIMITED,
as owner of the Steamship LUSITANIA, for limitation of its liability.

 

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DEPOSITION of ALFRED STOCKTON taken before R.V. WYNNE, Esq, the Commissioner at the Law Institution, Chancery Lane, London, W.C.2, on Monday, 18th June, 1917.

The Commissioner having duly administered the oath to Spencer Philip Harry as Shorthand Writer, administered the usual oath of a witness to ALFRED STOCKTON.

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Examined by Mr BUTLER ASPINALL.

 

Q. I think you were a miner, were you not?

- Yes.

Q. But since the war broke out you joined up?

- Yes.

Q. Unfortunately you were wounded in the ankle, and owing to the wound you have now been discharged out of the Army?

- Yes.

Q. I want to take you back to the happier days when you were a miner. As such, were you going in the "Lusitania" from America at the time of her loss?

- Yes.

Q. Were you travelling as a third class passenger?

- Yes.

Q. Did you share your cabin with some five others?

- Yes.

Q. Were there lifebelts in your cabin?

- Yes.

Q. Were they there, conspicuously there, and did you see them?

- Yes.

Q. Did you notice (if you did not, say so) whether or not on the day before the accident the lifeboats were swung out and got ready?

- Yes, they were swung out.

Q. You noticed that, did you?

- Yes.

Q. On the day of the accident where were you when the ship was struck?

- On deck.

Q. Did you hear something, or see something first?

- I heard something.

Q. That was the torpedo striking it?

- Yes.

Q. That did you do when that happened?

- I ran along the deck and saw someone throwing lifebelts out, and I put one on.

Q. Were there lifebelts?

- Yes.

Q. Were the passengers taking them?

- Yes.

Q. After that where did you go to?

- I stopped on deck.

Q. And later on did you go up to the boat-deck?

- Yes.

Q. Were the ship's crew trying to get the passengers into the boats?

- Yes.

Q. Did the ship's crew seem to you to be doing their duty?

- Yes.

Q. What happened to you? Did you get into a boat, or not?

- I never was in a boat.

Q. Did you go down with the ship?

- I fell off just before it went down, and when I came up it had gone.

 

CROSS-EXAMINED by Mr. SCANLAN.

 

Q. Where were these lifebelts kept that you speak of as being distributed on the deck?

- I could not say where they were kept. Someone threw them down and I got one and put it on.

Q. Someone threw them down from somewhere else?

- From above the deck where I was.

Q. So far as you knew, were there or were there not lifebelts kept on the deck which you were on when the ship was struck?

- I could not say.

Q. You did not see any?

- I never saw any.

Q. You never saw any except those that were thrown down?

- No.

Q. And you do not know who threw them down?

- No.

Q. You got one yourself?

- Yes.

Q. And you do not know of your own knowledge whether all the other passengers had them or not?

- I could not say.

Q. How were you rescued?

- I was picked up by a ship called the "Brock".

Q. After being in the water how long?

- About three hours.

Q. Of course you had your lifebelt on?

- Yes.

Q. Are you a swimmer?

- I can swim a little.

(The Witness withdrew).

 

Signed by the witness
after the deposition had
been read to him and the
alterations had been
made and initialled.
Alfred Stockton [sig.]
R.V. Wynne [sig.]