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8525. Then did you use the same scrap logbook for the return voyage from Boston to Liverpool? - As far as my recollection carries me we started it again when we left Boston, but I have a recollection of ruling up another one after leaving Boston. 8526. On the voyage back from America to Europe? - Yes. 8527. You have a recollection of that. But you see, if this scrap logbook was newly started when you left on April 5th, it would not be used up in the course of your return voyage from America to England? - Not solely for that voyage, but I have told you we used a back page for occasional observations, or if we wanted a piece of paper to write any note on or anything like that. 8528. Who told you to rule out a new scrap logbook on the voyage back from Boston to Liverpool? - I did it myself; nobody told me to. 8529. (The Commissioner.) What does “rule out” mean? - Well, rule the pages in the forms required. First of all, we put “Hours” - The Commissioner: Yes, I see what you mean. 8530. (The Solicitor-General.) Do you suggest that the old scrap log had at that time been filled to the last page? - When I started this new book we had evidently finished the old one, otherwise I should not have started it. 8531. Where is that old one? - The old one? The one for the voyage out? 8532. Yes, the one which you were partly using for the return voyage? - I expect it was thrown away. 8533. Where was it thrown away to? - I expect it went over the side. 8534. Did you throw it over the side? - I did not. 8535. (The Commissioner.) Who did? - I do not know; it was only my suggestion that it was thrown over. 8536. (The Solicitor-General.) You did not see it thrown over? - No. 8537. The captain might be able to tell us. You would know this book was the book which contained the real record for the 14th April? - Of course I knew that. 8538. And by that time, of course, you, and others on your ship, knew quite well there was a very serious Enquiry being made as to the position of your ship and what she was doing on the 14th April? - Certainly. 8539. And by that time you knew that there was some discussion as to whether the ship which you had seen was the “Titanic” or some other ship? - That was a discussion amongst ourselves. 8540. And you knew there was a discussion in America and the newspapers? - I did not know that our ship had been mentioned in the papers until we got to Boston. 8541. This was after you left Boston, you see? - Yes, certainly, I knew then. 8542. You cannot tell us whether it was destroyed or not? - No, I cannot say definitely, certainly not. 8543. (The Commissioner.) Had you a log slate? - No, my Lord. 8544. You had nothing but this book? - Only the book. Log slates are out of date now, my Lord. 8545. When did you write up the logbook - I do not mean the scrap logbook, but the logbook. When did you write it up? - I do not write it up at all. 8546. When was it written up on board your steamer? - That I cannot say. The chief officer writes that up. 8547. (The Solicitor-General.) The chief officer? - Yes. 8548. (The Commissioner.) Would he write it up every day or once every two days? - I fancy he writes it up every day. 8549. (The Solicitor-General.) That would be Mr. Stewart? - Yes. 8550. I do not know whether your recollection will enable you to tell me, but I had better ask
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