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GEORGE ELLIOTT TURNBULL, Recalled. Further examined by Sir ROBERT FINLAY. 16287. Now with regard to the “Mesaba,” can you give us the ship’s time when that message, 7.50 New York time, would reach the “Titanic” in the ordinary course? The Commissioner: Now we are on the “Mesaba.” 16288. (Sir Robert Finlay.) Yes, my Lord. (To the Witness.) It would be about 10 o’clock would it not, ship’s time? - I should say so, about 10 o’clock. 16289. About 10 o’clock? - Yes; I have not made all those calculations. 16290. Not exact. I am told it is somewhere about that? - Yes. Sir Robert Finlay: Your Lordship will remember there is one change of watch at 10 o’clock. The Commissioner: Yes. 16291. (Sir Robert Finlay.) Now, have you got here, or can you get for us, the messages which passed - have you got from Cape Race the messages which passed between the “Titanic” and Cape Race between 8.30, say when the “Titanic” got into touch with Cape Race, and the time the collision took place? - I have called for all those messages and they are on their way to England, but they have not arrived yet. 16292. When will they arrive? - I expect them in three or four days. 16293. We are speaking of ship’s time, you understand. I mean all the messages that passed between the “Titanic” and Cape Race by your apparatus between 8.30 ship’s time when the “Titanic” got into communication with Cape Race, and the happening of the collision? - Yes, I have asked for the whole lot. 16294. We want them all, if you please. - Yes, I have asked for them all. 16295. Have you ascertained whether there were many? - I do not know exactly how many there were. I have only ascertained from ships that heard the “Titanic” speak to Cape Race that there was a great deal of traffic. The Commissioner: You do not speak loud enough for me to hear you at all well. Sir Robert Finlay: He said he had only ascertained from ships that overheard what was passing, that there was a great deal of traffic between the “Titanic” and Cape Race. The Commissioner: Very well. 16296. (Sir Robert Finlay.) That is between the hours I have mentioned? - Yes. 16297. Would those be trade messages or private messages, or both? - They would be service messages and private messages. One of them will be the message that the “Amerika” sent, which is a service message. 16298. (The Solicitor-General.) You call it a service message? - Yes. 16299. (Sir Robert Finlay.) That, of course, could not be sent on to Cape Race until after 8.30 p.m., when the “Titanic” had got in touch with Cape Race - the “Amerika” message? - No, that would not be sent until she got in touch. 16300. It could not be sent? - No. 16301. Your Company is paid for all these trade and private messages, I suppose? - Yes. 16302. And the operator was properly attending to them? - Yes. 16303. And as soon as he got in touch with Cape Race he was continuously engaged, according to what I read just now in communication with Cape Race? - Yes. 16304. On those trade and private messages? - Yes. 16305. Which, of course, are paid for? - Yes. 16306. Now, you have not got the reply that is said to have been received from the “Titanic”; I mean you have only got a note by Mr. Adams? - Yes. 16307. Mr. Adams, I suppose, we can see afterwards? - Oh, yes.
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