United States Senate Inquiry

Day 3

(The subcommittee met at 10.30 o'clock a.m., pursuant to adjournment. [Washington, D. C.)

Present: Senators William Alden Smith (chairman), Perkins, Burton, Bourne, Simmons, Newlands, and Fletcher.

Senator SMITH.
For my associates and myself I desire to make an announcement.

The inquiry we are making is in obedience to a direction by the Senate, and is for the purpose of ascertaining certain important facts connected with the unfortunate loss of the Titanic. We are not at all concerned about the convenience of visitors upon the hearing. We are concerned primarily in obtaining the truth, and I desire each person here to understand that they are here solely by the courtesy of the committee; that the inquiry is not for their entertainment, and that any expressions of any kind or character will not be permitted.

Any violation of this injunction will force the committee to conduct its inquiries in such a manner as to avoid such a situation.

In view of the importance of the investigation, I bespeak for the witnesses that courtesy and kindness that is their proper due.

As to whether these hearings can be conducted in this general, open session, we are not fully determined; but having no disposition to carry them on secretly, with the desire that each step shall be known by the public, this course has been adopted this morning, as it was pursued in New York.


Philip A. S. Franklin  –  Vice President, International Mercantile Marine Co.

Senator SMITH.
I will ask you to hold yourself in readiness to resume the stand after the recess, Mr. Franklin: We will now take a recess until 3 o'clock.

(Whereupon, at. 1.30 o'clock p. m., a recess was taken until 3 o'clock p. m.)


The committee met, pursuant to the taking of recess, at 3.15 o'clock p. m., William Alden Smith (chairman) presiding.

Mr. Franklin, will you kindly resume the stand?


Philip A. S. Franklin  –  Resumed.

Joseph Groves Boxhall  –  Fourth Officer, SS Titanic
Testimony - Biography

(At 6.20 p. m. the subcommittee adjourned until tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23, 1912, at 10 o'clock a. m.)