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The Commissioner: No, I do not think so. I may tell you that the effect of these things on my mind is this - That it is the practice to tear out the sheets of the scrap log from time to time and destroy them. But, you know, that does not get over my difficulty that apparently, if this evidence is true that has been given in the box, there was no entry of any kind in that scrap log of these rockets having been seen. The Solicitor-General: I understand, my Lord. CYRIL F. EVANS, Sworn. Examined by the SOLICITOR-GENERAL. 8924. Are you the Marconi operator on the steamship “Californian”? - Yes. 8925. Do you remember Sunday, 14th April? - Yes. 8926. You have no one to help you, I think - no assistant - with the Marconi apparatus on the ship? - No. 8927. Can you tell us what time you turned in on the Sunday night? - Half-past eleven, ship’s time. 8928. During the Sunday, this 14th of April, had you been on duty with your Marconi apparatus from time to time? - Yes. 8929. I think starting about 7 o’clock in the morning? - Yes. 8930. When you get a certain way across the Atlantic do the Marconi operators keep New York time for the purpose of their messages? - Yes, when they get to 40 west. 8931. When you get to the Meridian 40 west? - Yes. 8932. Were you in that part of the Atlantic where New York time is kept by the Marconi operators? - Yes. 8933. Have you got your records there, or do you remember them - the hours I am going to put to you? - I have my logbook. 8934. Would not it be as well for you to have it? - The Chief Officer has it. 8935. I have no doubt he would let you have it. Perhaps, while they are getting it you can tell me this: What is the difference between New York time and ship’s time at the place where you stopped? - One hour and fifty-five minutes. 8936. That means one would have to add 1 hour 55 minutes to New York time to get at your ship’s time at the place where you stopped? - Yes. (The Marconi logbook was handed to the Witness.) 8937. We have heard something about communications between you and the “Antillian”? - Yes. 8938. Is that another ship of the same line, the Leyland line? - Yes. 8939. Can you tell us what time it was that you were communicating with the “Antillian,” and then tell us what the message was you sent? - 5.35 p.m. on the 14th. 8940. That is New York time? - Yes. 8941. In ship’s time then that would mean 7.30, would it not? - Yes. 8942. p.m.? - Yes. 8943. What was the message which you sent the “Antillian” at that time? - It was a message reporting ice. “To Captain, ‘Antillian,’ 6.30 p.m. apparent time, ship; latitude, 42.3 North; longitude, 49.9 West. Three large bergs five miles to southward of us. Regards. Lord.” 8944. “Lord” - that is the name of your Captain? - Yes. The Commissioner: Did you say that was sent at 7.30? 8945. (The Solicitor-General.) He was sending it at 7.30. (To the Witness.) That is information, so I understand, as to what they had seen at 6.30? - Yes.
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