Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry

SIXTH DAY

 

J. R. MCISAAC,

Dominion Coal Company,

 

Recalled.

 

(Captain’s Report produced and filed as Exhibit “P.”)

Lord Mersey:
Do you think this will be useful?

Mr. Meredith:
I think perhaps it may in this way: The first mate stated that he didn’t think the captain got any gratuity.

Chief Justice McLeod:
Mr. McIsaac says that they can under certain circumstances.

Mr. Meredith:
Under certain circumstances. I produce this for what it may be worth; that will be a matter for argument later. It shows an incentive to go fast, at all events.

 

By Mr. Haight:

 

55IS. As a matter of fact, Mr. McIsaac, had Captain Andersen ever received a gratuity from your company before this accident?
- Not from the Dominion Coal Company, no.

5549. He was on charter to the Dominion Coal Company?
- He was on charter to the Dominion Iron and Steel Company.

5550. He had been running on several trips for the coal company?
- Dominion Coal Company, yes.

5551. Any gratuity that he would have received for his coal carriage, you would have eventually paid?
- That is right.

5552. As a matter of fact, up to the time of the accident, had he run long enough to call for any payment of a gratuity?
- We don’t pay the gratuity until the end of the season, or when the steamer is going off the charter.

5553. Is the payment of the gratuity based upon the amount of coal carried on any voyage, or do I understand that it is on the total dead weight carried?
- On the total carried for the time the gratuity is paid for.

5554. Do you happen to know what the dead weight capacity of the Storstad is?
- We pay on her dead weight capacity of 10,800 tons.

5555. Would she in your judgment be overloaded if she caried 10,400 tons?
- No, sir.

Lord Mersey:
Is there any suggestion that she was overloaded?

Mr. Haight:
I do not know, but my learned friends have emphasized the fact that they pay gratuity on what is carried.

Lord Mersey:
I do not imagine that there was any suggestion that she was overloaded.

Mr. Haight:
They evidently thought the gratuity was an inducement to overload.

Mr. Meredith:
No, it is an inducement to greater speed.

Mr. Haight:
They have suggested overloading once before.

Lord Mersey:
I do not remember it; (to Mr. Aspinall): Did you suggest it?

Mr. Aspinall:
No, my Lord.

Mr. Haight:
On the occasion of the examination of a previous witness, it was suggested that the boat, being overloaded, was sluggish, and would not steer properly.

Chief Justice McLeod:
I understood not that she was overloaded but that she was heavily loaded.

Lord Mersey:
That she was carrying a full cargo.

 

By Mr. Haight:

 

5556. Is it true, Mr. McIsaac, that under your form of charter the requirement for the payment of hire ceases as soon as the vessel is damaged or unable to continue in the service?
- That is right; 12 hours or more.

Witness discharged.