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756. That would be about three quarters of an hour; and do you tell me the ship sank in half an hour after your boat got free? - From the time of the impact when the ship struck, someone in our boat had a watch; it was just about 2 hours and 10 minutes. 757. So I thought - a great deal longer than that. It was over 2 hours between the impact and the foundering? - About 2 hours and 10 minutes. Someone in the boat had a watch because it was between 20 and 25 to 12 when she struck, and it was just after 2 the gentleman said that she went down, or just about 2, somewhere handy 2 o’clock. 757a. (Mr. Raymond Asquith.) When she sank were you near enough to see what happened; did you see how she sank? - Yes, she went down bows first; I could see the stern and then the stern went. 758. Did you hear any explosion? - I could hear a roaring just like thunder. 758a. (The Commissioner.) Yes, but I wish you would apply your mind to the question. You were asked, did you hear any explosions? - Yes. 759. Are you sure? - Yes. 759a. (Mr. Raymond Asquith.) How many did you hear? - You could hear the roaring as the ship went down as the explosion occurred. 760. Did you see anyone in the water after the ship went down? - No; you could hear the cries after the ship sank. 761. Did you go back to the place where the cries came from or not? - No; no order was given. 762. You did not go back? - No. 762a. (The Commissioner.) I did not understand him to say he heard cries. (To the Witness.) Did you hear cries after the ship went down? - Yes, Sir. 763. Was that from the people in the sea? - Well, I could not say; I daresay it was, I suppose it was. 763a. (Mr. Raymond Asquith.) You did not go back? - No. 764. Had you any room for more people in your boat or not? - No. Had we had any more room we should have gone back, but we could not go back owing as we were full up. 765. Do you know whether there was any compass in your boat? - No, Sir; there was not. 766. Did you look for one? - There was no compass, not in the boat I know. 767. Did you look for a compass? - Some of them did, I think. 767a. (The Commissioner.) Did you? - No, I never. When I got on the “Carpathia” I looked. 767b. (Mr. Raymond Asquith.) Was there any lantern or lamp on the boat? - No, Sir. 768. Did you look for that? - Yes. 769. Did you know where to look for it? Where did you look? - We looked everywhere; everyone tried and looked the best they could, and there was no light in the boat, none whatever. 770. Were there any provisions? - No, Sir. 771. Any water? - No, Sir. 772. Did you look for those? - Yes, Sir. 772a. (The Commissioner.) Can you tell me whose business it would be to put the water and the biscuits on the boat? - I could not say. 772b. (Mr. Raymond Asquith.) You have said already that it was about 10 minutes to 10 when you were picked up by the “Carpathia.” Is that right? - Yes, it was 10 minutes to 10 by the clock when I looked. 773. By what clock was it 10 minutes to 10? - By the clock in the saloon of the “Carpathia.” 774. Were you rowing all through that night? - Yes. 775. How many other men were rowing? - There was a steward there. 776. And did Barrett, the stoker, row? - He was taking charge of the boat aft. 776a. (The Commissioner.) Where were you rowing to; were you simply keeping the boat steady? - Well, we kept pulling till we saw a light, and we would row a little way and then stop,
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