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14581. Not looking intently at the horizon for two hours? - No. 14582. Do not you find it on the bridge? - No. 14583. Do not you think for those men to look out alternately would be better than concurrently? - No, it would be worse. 14584. That is your opinion? - Yes. 14585. As to the speed which you are speaking of, 21 ½ knots, you use as an argument or illustration why she was not being pressed, that there were boilers not in use? - I am given to understand so. 14586. On these large vessels there are always reserve boilers which are not in fact put in commission - I mean which are not always going all at once, to allow for a margin for repairs, and so forth? 14587. I think that is more for an engineer to answer; but what we call the donkey boilers which are used in port, I believe, are the only ones that are out of use ordinarily. 14588. I did not mean they were out of use during the whole voyage, but in practice at any one time you never do in fact have all the boilers going? - I think they are all going. 14589. I have to ask this question because unfortunately not one of the engineers has survived? - I shall be glad to answer what I can. Examined by Mr. HARBINSON. 14590. Would you consider it would tend to a more efficient look-out if at times when you are in the vicinity of ice a junior officer were put in the crow’s-nest together with the two look-out men? - No. 14591. You would not consider that was necessary? - No. 14592. I understood you to say yesterday that you had calculated you would be in the vicinity of ice about half-past nine? - About that, yes. 14593. And that the Sixth Officer, Mr. Moody, had made a calculation that you might reach ice somewhere about 11 o’clock? - Yes. 14594. That was rather a considerable discrepancy? - Yes. 14595. When you were leaving the bridge at 10 o’clock did you mention to Mr. Murdoch who succeeded you that your calculation was different from the calculation made by Moody? - I do not think I mentioned any individual calculations. 14596. You would not have considered it desirable, considering the conditions were such as you have told us, that you should have drawn Mr. Murdoch’s attention to this disparity in calculation? - No. 14597. Did you attach much importance to it yourself? - None. 14598. But you thought you would be in the neighbourhood of ice at half-past nine? - I knew we should not be there before half-past nine. 14599. You reported to Mr. Murdoch what took place while you had been on the bridge. You gave him a general report? - A general report. 14600. And did you discuss with him in detail the question of the vicinity of ice? - Nothing more than I have already given in my evidence with regard to ice. 14601. You have told us that the falls in the boats you were connected with, the lifeboats, worked satisfactory? - Quite. 14602. Is it customary on the boats that you have been attached to to lower the collapsibles from the falls that let down the lifeboats? - I have never seen collapsibles lowered before. 14603. Did you on this night, this Sunday the 14th April, experience any difficulty or see if any difficulty were experienced in the lowering of the collapsibles by these falls after the lifeboats had been lowered? - After they had been lowered?
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