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correct. 15534. A week later, on the 29th April, you were examined by Senator Burton. He said [29th April, p. 930]: “I understand you have testified before the full Committee about the radiograms relating to ice? (Mr. Boxhall.) Yes, Sir. I have stated upstairs, or in Senator Smith’s presence, this afternoon that I did not hear of any ice reports the day of the accident. (Senator Burton.) None were reported to you? (Mr. Boxhall.) I did not hear any. There were none reported to me. I do not think any were reported during my watch on deck, or I should have heard it. (Senator Burton.) When was your watch on deck? (Mr. Boxhall.) I was on deck on Sunday morning from eight o’clock until noon, and I was on again from four o’clock until six, and then I was on again from eight until the time of the accident. (Senator Burton.) You made an entry on the chart as to ice of which you had received information, did you not? (Mr. Boxhall.) Yes. (Senator Burton.) When was that? (Mr. Boxhall.) I cannot get the day, but it was probably a couple of days before, when we had a radiogram from the Captain of ‘La Touraine,’ giving his position at 7 o’clock Greenwich time, and I worked out our position at 7 o’clock Greenwich time, and wrote out the time for Captain Smith.” So you made it quite clear to the American Commission that no ice had been reported to you on the Sunday, and that you had marked no ice positions on the chart that day? - Yes, but now I wish to add this that since that American Inquiry I have had some one read to me the wireless message sent. I remember we had one from the “Caronia,” and since then that message has been read over to me which I recognise and I know now that the message was sent on Sunday morning. 15535. You are satisfied you received a message on Sunday morning. Did you receive any message on Sunday later? - No. Not that I know of. 15536. I daresay you would remember if you had? - Well, the messages do not come to me first, but I think if there had been any wireless messages come during my watch on deck I should have seen or heard something of them. 15537. If any message had come from 8 to 12 you would have heard of it? - Yes, I think so; that is the usual thing. 15538. Would it be in the ordinary course of the working of the “Titanic” that if a message were received, say, at 7.30 giving the latitude and longitude in which ice was - of a ship reporting ice, its position would be marked down in the chart? - Yes, I think so; that is the usual thing. 15539. At all events, from 8 to 12 you were engaged practically constantly all the time in the chart room? - Yes. 15540. And you were the officer who would have to work out the position? - Well, the Sixth Officer might have worked out that position, but the Captain generally gave the messages to me to put in the positions he had to put on the charts. He seemed to give them to me when I was on deck. 15541. Can you tell me if the Sixth Officer or any other officer put any ice position on the Captain’s chart from 8 to 12? - Not that I know of. 15542. And you certainly did not yourself? - No, I did do them from 8 to 12. 15543. Was there any indication to you on the chart that any ice positions had been marked in the intermediate watch, that is from 6 to 8? - I do not remember. 15544. It is a thing that would have struck you, is it not, if it had been marked there? - I do not remember even looking at the chart at 8 o’clock. 15545. Did you have occasion to look at the chart at all from 8 o’clock to 12? - Well, as near as I can remember I went to the chart room with the Captain, but the Captain put down the star position when I gave it him, somewhere about 10 o’clock. He put the position on, and I was standing close to him, but I did not take that much notice whether any other positions were put on or not.
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