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anybody.” - That was the question that he put to me when I said that answer. I told him what I had done, which I do not expect is in that evidence. I told him what I had done - that we were rowing away and we came back again and turned round to pick up the other boats. 11757. You told him nothing about having determined not to go back in the exercise of your discretion? - No, I told him nothing of that. 11758. Why did not you when he asked you whether you took any steps to get the people back, tell him that part of the story; it is the most important part, is it not? - Yes, Sir, an important part. 11759. A thing which must have impressed itself on your memory? - Quite so, Sir. 11760. You have thought about it a good deal since? - Yes. 11761. You have realised that if you had gone back you might have saved a good many people? - Quite so. 11762. (The Commissioner.) And there is this question put to you at the end: “Is there any other incident that you wish to state that would be of interest to the public”? - No, Sir, not that I know of. Examined by Mr. SCANLAN. 11763. I think you stated to Sir Rufus Isaacs that you had not given your address to Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon? - I stated to you, Sir, that I did not give it to him on the ship. 11764. But you said, did not you, that Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon was to send a telegram to your relatives? - That is as far as I understood from the fireman. 11765. So that Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon had got both the name and address of you and of every other member of the crew? - He must have it if he gave it. Mr. Scanlan: That was the paper that was produced by his counsel today. Mr. Duke: You are quite mistaken, Mr. Scanlan. 11766. (Mr. Scanlan.) When did you first learn that one of your passengers in this boat was Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon? - About two days after we were rescued. 11767. Do you mean to say you did not know during the time you were in the emergency boat? - Quite so; neither did I know till two days after we were rescued who the gentleman was. 11768. I suppose you knew that the “Titanic” had over 1,300 passengers? - Oh, yes. I do not know exactly the number, of course. 11769. And 892 of a crew - that altogether you had on board over 2,200 people? - I do not know the exact numbers, of course. 11770. Did you realise that you had not lifeboat accommodation for half the people you had on board? - Yes. 11771. You knew that? - Yes. 11772. Whilst you were assisting to lower and fill with passengers the other boats, Nos. 3, 5, and 7, you observed, did you not, each boat got a full complement of passengers? - She had a full complement to lower from the davits. 11773. Was yours the only boat that was lowered from that side without a full number of passengers? - That I could not say. 11774. Had you seen any of the other boats being lowered into the water with plenty of spare accommodation for passengers? - No, Sir; I did not see no more. 11775. Your boat corresponds exactly to the boat on the opposite side - to emergency boat No. 2? - Yes. 11776. Do you know that No. 2 boat took off 23 to 25 passengers, chiefly women. Did you know that? - No, Sir; I did not know that. 11777. At the time the emergency boat No. 1 was being lowered the position of the ship had not become very dangerous, had it? - No, not very dangerous.
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