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near as I remember. 16857. And who took your place when you were off duty? - Mr. Murdoch, the First Officer. 16858. You knew nothing of the “Californian” message at all? - Nothing whatever. 16859. Then the last one, the “Mesaba” message, according to the evidence given, would reach your ship about 10 o’clock? - Yes. 16860. That is when you would be changing watch, and Mr. Murdoch would be taking your place? - Yes. 16861. (The Commissioner.) You told Mr. Moody you wanted him to ascertain the time when you would meet the most easterly of the ice. Was that so? - That is the impression I wished to convey, whether I actually used the word easterly I do not recollect, but he would naturally conclude that, I should judge. 16862. The information in the “Caronia’s” telegram would indicate that the ice there referred to was considerably to the north of the track? - I believe so. 16863. Is it possible that Mr. Moody may have calculated the position of the ice given by the “Baltic’s” telegram? - It is possible, but it is most probable that he would pay the greatest attention to the longitude regardless of the latitude. 16864. But if he did calculate according to the “Baltic’s” telegram, he would ascertain the time at which the ice would be arrived at as 11 o’clock? - Quite so. 16865. And the “Baltic’s” information was to the effect that ice was on the track? - A little to the north. 16866. (The Solicitor-General.) If your Lordship will turn to page 366, Mr. Lowe’s evidence, you will see why I think it well to put it to this gentleman. (To the Witness.) Let me tell you how the matter stands. You are on duty from 6 to 10 in the evening and about half-past seven according to the “Californian” witnesses, there was a message sent from the “Californian,” of which you know nothing? - That is right. 16867. You, as a matter of fact, were off for dinner for half an hour from seven to half-past? - Yes. 16868. I am referring to the questions beginning 15778. Did you see anything at all of a piece of paper, not in an envelope - a small piece of paper - a square chit of paper about 3 by 3 with the word “ice” on it any time between 6 and 8? - No. 16869. What would be meant by seeing a small piece of paper on the chart room table? Which room is it? - Leading out of the wheelhouse on the afterpart of the port side. 16870. It is the thing which is marked on my plan as the chart-house then? - Yes. 16871. Is there a table there? - There is. 16872. And supposing there is a message about ice and it cannot be given personally to the Captain, where would such a message be put? - It would not be put anywhere; it would be brought out on the bridge to the senior officer of the watch. 16873. Whoever he was? - Whoever he was. 16874. This little room, the chart-house, is immediately aft of the wheelhouse? - On the port side, yes. 16875. You heard nothing of that? - Nothing. 16876. And you were off for dinner for half an hour? - Yes. 16877. (The Commissioner.) Why would the piece of paper with the word “ice” upon it be placed there? - I may say I do not quite follow what you mean by the word “ice” unless you are alluding to a message written on a chit of paper. 16878. This is the evidence. He is asked on page 366, Question 15779: “You were on duty from 6 to 8? - (A.) I was. (Q.) Did you hear anything about any messages about ice? - (A.) There was a chit on the chart room table with the word ‘ice’ on” - meaning “ice” on the piece of paper. The Solicitor-General: Will your Lordship read the next two or three questions.
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