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CHARLES HERBERT LIGHTOLLER, Sworn. Examined by the SOLICITOR-GENERAL. 13408. You are Mr. Charles Herbert Lightoller, I think? - Yes. 13409. Were you Second Officer on the “Titanic”? - I was. 13410. I think you hold a Master’s certificate? - Yes. 13411. You passed for Master in 1899? - About that - yes. 13412. And do you also hold an extra-Master’s certificate? - Yes. 13413. Which you passed for in 1902? - Yes. 13414. How long have you been in the White Star Company’s employ? - Nearly 12 1/2 years. 13415. That would be since about 1900? - January, 1900. 13416. Sailing with that Company across the Atlantic many times, is most of your experience in the North Atlantic? - Most, yes. 13417. We will just get from you first the names of the officers, because you will have occasion to refer to them from time to time. Of course, Captain Smith we know of; he was the Commander? - Yes. 13418. Then next in order comes the Chief Officer? - Yes. 13419. Who was that? - Mr. Wilde. 13420. Then the First Officer? - Mr. Murdoch. 13421. All those three I think were lost? - They were. 13422. Then you come next as Second Officer? - Yes. 13423. Who was the Third Officer? - Mr. Pitman. 13424. And the Fourth Officer? - Mr. Boxhall. 13425. And the fifth? - Mr. Lowe. 13426. And the sixth? - Mr. Moody. 13427. And I think there are a number of petty officers who come next - four of them? - Yes. 13428. Mr. Moody I think was not saved? - He was not. 13429. So it is Mr. Pitman, Mr. Boxhall, Mr. Lowe and yourself who were saved? - They are all the officers saved. 13430. One other thing I should have asked you about your position; I think you do hold the position of First Officer with the White Star? - Yes. 13431. But on this voyage you were Second Officer of the ship? - Yes. 13432. I will ask you the details later on, but I will ask you this now: Were you present at the trial trip of the “Titanic” at Belfast? - Yes. 13433. And I think, with the exception of Mr. Wilde, all the officers whose names you have mentioned were present on that trial trip? - Yes, they were. 13434. And Mr. Wilde joined the ship a little later? - Yes. 13435. Up to the time this vessel started her voyage from Southampton what was the greatest speed she had attained in practice? - That is from Belfast round to Southampton we averaged about 18 knots. 13436. That is the average. Do you know what was the greatest she had got to? - Perhaps 18 ½’ I do not think she got much higher than that. 13437. You left Southampton, as we know, on 10th April, and you went across to Cherbourg? - Yes. 13438. You got there on the evening of the same day? - Yes. 13439. And, I think, left Cherbourg about 9 o’clock on the 10th? - About that. 13440. And went to Queenstown? - Yes. 13441. When was it you left Queenstown? - About 2 p.m., as near as I can remember, on the
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