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1082. Now will you come back to the order that you got to remove the cover of one of the boats? - Yes. 1083. It was the cover of one of the collapsible boats on the port side? - Yes. 1084. Did you do that? - I did, Sir. 1085. Did you finish that job? - Yes. 1086. Did you clear her, taking away all the coverings? - I was ordered away to one of the next lifeboats before I had time to ship the rudder, and so on. 1087. You had the cover off? - I had the cover off and got the boat’s grips off. 1088. And then you were ordered to another boat? - Yes. 1089. Who ordered you to another boat? - Mr. Lightoller. 1090. And to what boat? - No. 6 boat. 1091. Is that a lifeboat on the port side? - Yes. 1092. It would be the third on the port side from forward, would it not? - I do not know whether it was the second or third boat. It was one of the two. 1093. We have been told it was the third. When you got to No. 6 lifeboat was that all ready? - Yes. She was swung out then. 1094. Did you take passengers on board? - Yes. 1095. When you got to her were there any passengers on board? - No. 1096. She had only been swung out ready? - That is all. 1097. And then what happened - who was giving orders then? - Mr. Lightoller was in charge of the port side. 1098. Did you hear any order given? - Yes, I heard the captain say, “Women and children first,” and the officer repeated the words from the captain. 1099. “Women and children first”? - Yes. 1100. (The Commissioner.) Where was the captain? - Just standing by the collapsible boat by the officers’ quarters between the officers’ quarters and the collapsible boat. 1101. Will you just show us where that is on the model? - Yes, here, in the centre; the officers’ quarters were here, and the collapsible boat under the emergency boat (pointing on the model.) 1102. Are you speaking of the port side? - Yes. 1103. You have indicated to us the corresponding point on the model on the starboard side? - Yes. 1104. Was No. 6 boat that you went to a boat which was on the deck where the first-class cabins were? - Yes. 1105. The first-class promenade? - Yes. 1106. How many people did you take on board? - Forty-two all told. 1107. First of all, will you tell me, how many crew there were besides yourself? - One seaman, Sir. 1108. And how many passengers? - Forty passengers. 1109. How many men passengers? - One man and one boy. 1110. And the rest were ladies? - Yes. 1111. Could you tell at all whether they were first, second, or third-class passengers? - Nearly all first and second-class, I think, Sir. 1112. Do you know the name of the one man passenger? - Yes, Sir. 1113. What is it? - Major Pewan. [Peuchan.] 1114. P-e-w-a-n - is that it? - Yes, I think it was spelt something like that. 1115. Very well, that is near enough. Was there room for any more in that lifeboat? - The boat seemed pretty full, Sir, but from what I am given to understand she could carry five or six more. She seemed pretty well full up with the ladies with their lifebelts on, scattered about the boat. 1116. Were all the lifeboats the same size? - I am not quite certain, Sir; I do not think they
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