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make any observation as to the distance at that time the “Titanic” should be away? Did the captain say at what distance the “Titanic” would be away at that time? - No. 8399. He said nothing? - Nothing. 8400. Did you know about what distance the “Titanic” should be away? - I had no idea. 8401. When you left the bridge you went to the Marconi operator’s house? - Yes. 8402. And he told you the only steamer he had got was the “Titanic”? - Yes. 8403. Did he tell you whether or not he had had any message from the “Titanic”? - No, he did not mention about any message at all. 8404. Or say what distance the “Titanic” would be away? - No, he did not know; he could not say. 8405. What time that night had the Marconi operator gone to bed? - That I cannot say, but it was some time previous to 12.15 or 12.20. That is all I know about it. 8406. If the Marconi operator had not been in bed, but up and in charge of his instrument, would he have been likely to hear the messages sent out by the “Titanic”? - As far as I know. The Commissioner: You had better ask the Marconi man when he comes. Examined by Mr. LAING. 8407. Two questions. Do you carry two masthead lights? - Yes. 8408. How many masts have you got? - Four masts. 8409. Where do you keep the after masthead light? - On the mainmast. 8410. And the forward one? - On the foremast. 8411. What sort of span is there between the two? - Longitudinally? 8412. Yes, is it short or long? That is all I want to know? - The distance roughly would be about 70 feet. Examined by Mr. HOLMES. 8413. When you were searching for the wreckage, what boats exactly was it you saw in the water? - We saw the “Titanic” lifeboats. 8414. How many? - I think there were 7. 8415. Would that be boats cut adrift? - They were left by the “Carpathia.” 8416. How many officers had you on the “Californian”? - Three. 8417. What watches did you keep? - The ordinary sea watches; 4 on and 8 off. 8418. All through the day? - All through the day and night. 8419. What is the average range of an ordinary ship’s sidelight? - Two miles. 8420. And the masthead light? - Five miles; that is the distance they are supposed to show. 8421. They do show a little further on a clear night? - Yes. Examined by Mr. CLEMENT EDWARDS. 8422. When you first went on deck that evening with the officer at about 10 minutes to 7, how long had your ship been under way at that time? - I do not know. 8423. Was she under way when you were wakened? - She was under way then, yes. 8424. You do not know at all what time? - No. The Commissioner: I think we have had it in evidence. Mr. Clement Edwards: There was a statement by the captain, my Lord.
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