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17130. You mean there was an interval of time? - Yes, there was. 17131. Could you hear what passed between the “Titanic” and the “Frankfurt” then? - I did not hear it all because I was running backwards and forwards from the bridge reporting the whole time. 17132. Tell us what you did hear? - After that the communications ceased from what I could hear. 17133. (The Commissioner.) What time would that be? That would be close on the foundering? - Oh, no, my Lord. 17134. What time would it be? - I should say about 10.45 New York time. I could not be certain about times at all. 17135. That would be half an hour before the foundering. 17136. (The Solicitor-General.) About that. (To the Witness.) You have told us what you know about the “Frankfurt.” Now tell us this. Do you remember assisting in communications with the “Olympic”? - I did. 17137. Was that before or after the “Frankfurt” incident? - After; some time after. 17138. Tell us what you recollect about the communications with the “Olympic”? - First of all I heard the “Olympic” calling the “Titanic” - a master’s service message, and as the “Titanic” did not reply I came to the conclusion that he was not reading the signals at all, so I asked the “Titanic” if he was aware that the “Olympic” was calling him with a message, and he said he was not, so I said: “Go ahead and call.” He called and afterwards got in communication with the “Olympic.” 17139. So you really got the “Titanic” to get into communication with the “Olympic”? - Yes. The Solicitor-General: There is a reference to that, my Lord, in Durrant’s evidence. The Commissioner: I see it - “‘Titanic’ says weather clear and calm, engine room getting flooded.” 17140. (The Solicitor-General .) That is it. (To the Witness.) Did you hear the message about the engine room that the “Titanic” sent to the “Olympic”? - He sent it to me. 17141. He sent it to you, too. What was the message he sent to you? - He said: “Come as quickly as possible, old man, the engine room is filling up to the boilers.” 17142. (The Commissioner.) “Engine room is filling up to the boilers”? - Yes. 17143. (The Solicitor-General.) In order to fix the time one has to have reference to Durrant’s evidence that he was noting the time by the clock. At Question 9508 I say: “Then six minutes after that, at 1.27 - what was it you heard at 1.27? - (A.) - ‘Titanic’ calling C.Q.D., says engine room flooded.’” That does apparently give ship’s time for it. Did you hear any message from the “Titanic” about people being put into the boats? - No, there was none to that effect at all. 17144. Did you hear any message from the “Titanic” asking that other people should get their boats ready? - No, there was none. 17145. And after the message to the “Olympic,” which you heard, and the message to you about the engine room getting flooded, did communications continue between you and the “Titanic”? - That was the last I heard of the “Titanic,” that message. At 11.55 New York time, that was. 17146. You can fix that time? - Yes, 11.55 New York time. The Commissioner: What is the meaning of: “Twelve-twenty a.m. . . Signals very broken” and “12.28 a.m. - ‘Titanic’ calls C.Q.D. His signals blurred and end abruptly.” 17147. (The Solicitor-General.) Can you help us about this? - I think that is false. The signals were good right away to the end. The Commissioner: Then where does this information come from which has been made up somewhere? The Solicitor-General: I am just inquiring from Mr. Turnbull about it. One wants to
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