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she had not any at Belfast. 24024. Have you seen those kind of lifebuoys? - No, I have not. 24025. Have you seen the Admiralty lifebuoys? - No, I do not think so. 24026. Did you notice whether she had two large buoys fastened to the after-bridge? - No, I did not see any. I know the Admiralty lifebuoys. 24027. Will you tell my Lord what they are, and how they are worked? - Well, if it is the kind that I have seen on the war vessels, they are attached to the side ready for slipping off. When they slip off and get into the water there is a light; the water makes a light. 24028. You did not notice whether she carried any of those? - No, I am almost sure she did not. Mr. Cotter: My object in asking this question my Lord is this. We know the difficulty of the boats turning back; they would not know their way to where she had sunk. If she had carried these buoys and had been lost they would have been floating and a light burning from them. That is the reason I am asking these questions. The Commissioner: I am told this vessel had lifebuoys which ignited a lamp when they fell into the water. “Holmes Lights,” they are called; they are not the same as the Admiralty lifebuoys, but the same effect. The Witness: She had these Holmes lights attached to the lifebuoys. 24029. And the effect is the same as that of the Admiralty buoys? - When they strike the water. 24030. When they strike the water the light springs up? - Yes. Mr. Cotter: There is another buoy with a small tin canister attachment containing calcium phosphate, and they have to be knocked with a kind of spring bit, to knock holes, and they are used for throwing over the side at night supposing a person fell overboard. The Commissioner: I have seen them myself; I have never had to use them, I am glad to say. Mr. Cotter: Very good, my Lord. (The Witness withdrew.) WILLIAM HENRY CHANTLER, Sworn. Examined by Mr. ROWLATT. 24031. You are a ship Surveyor in the Marine Department of the Board of Trade stationed at Belfast? - Yes. 24032. Your duties are to survey ships for various purposes, but in connection with the “Titanic,” I think your only duties were with regard to the boats? - Yes. 24033. All you did was with regard to the boats? - To inspect the boats while building in the boat builder’s shop. 24034. You have served your Apprenticeship as a shipwright? - Yes. 24035. Including boat building? - Including boat building. 24036. Then you were an Admiralty draughtsman? - Subsequently to my Apprenticeship, yes. 24037. And you have been ship Surveyor to the Board of Trade at Belfast from the 1st March, 1895? - Yes, from the 1st March, 1895, up to the present. 24038. On the 19th May, 1911, did you receive special instructions to look closely into the construction of all new boats? - From the Board of Trade, yes. 24039. That was the 19th May, 1911? - Yes, the 19th May, 1911. th 24040. Did you begin to inspect the “Titanic’s” boats on the 30 May, 1911? - Yes. 24041. After this? - Yes, ten days after. 24042. Did you inspect them carefully? - Yes. 24043. Fourteen lifeboats and the two other boats? - There were 14 section A boats and two of section
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