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9227. Where was that ice? - 42° 15’ N. and 49° 48 W.; 41° 25W’ N., 50° 20’ W. 9228. In consequence of that information did you alter your course? - I did. 9229. When you got that information what course were you on? - About S. 65° W. 9230. And in consequence of that information to what did you alter your course? - Just a little to the southward of that, because I went straight down to 50° W.; instead of going down to 52° and 47° W., I went down to 50° W. and 41° 20’ N. 9231. Why did you make that alteration in your course? - On account of the ice being there. 9232. You thought it safer to do so? - Safer to do so; yes. 9233. Now, I want to take your mind on to Sunday evening or rather Monday morning, the 15th April. On the early morning of the 15th did you get information from your Marconi operator in connection with the “Titanic”? - Yes. 9234. What was the information he gave you? - That the “Titanic” was sending C.Q.D. signals saying she was in distress and had struck an iceberg and wanted assistance. 9235. I think telling you that the “Titanic’s” position was 41° 46’ N., 50° 14’ W.? - The first position I got was 41° 46’ N., 50° 24’ W. It was afterwards corrected to 41° 44’ N. and 50° 14’ W. 9236. In consequence of that information, did you proceed towards that position? - I immediately turned the ship round and steered east. 9237. At that time was your ship in ice or not? - No. I had not seen any ice at all up to that time. 9238. Later on, I think, about 3.25, did you meet pack ice? - Yes; I had met scattered ice before that, but that was the time I met the heavier ice. 9239. I think from that time onwards you continued to meet heavy ice? - Oh, yes. 9240. And at about daylight did you come up to the position? - In the vicinity of that position. 9241. In the vicinity of the position you had been given? - Yes. 9242. Did you see any signs of wreckage? - None whatever. 9243. And were you as you were proceeding to get there getting messages from various steamers as to this disaster? - Yes. 9244. And I think shortly before 8 a.m. you came in sight of the “Carpathia” and the “Californian”? - Yes. 9245. Now I want to ask you with regard to two matters I think you mentioned in your evidence in America. Whilst you were on your way to the position which had been given to you as to the disaster of the “Titanic,” did you fall in with a small schooner? - Well, I could not say it was a small schooner or a large one. I simply saw the green light of a sailing vessel. 9246. I want you to tell me a little more about it. At what time was that? - Shortly after 3 o’clock. 9247. How far do you think you were from the place where the “Titanic” foundered? - At that time? 9248. Yes? - I should think about 15 or 16 miles. 9249. Were you on your bridge at the time? - All of the time. 9250. You saw a green light? - Yes, of a sailing vessel. 9251. Did you see the ship herself? - Not at all; it was dark. 9252. You could only see the green light, and I suppose beyond that you know nothing more about the schooner? - No. 9253. Later on did you see a light or lights of any other vessel? - I had seen the lights of a vessel proceeding the same way, but steering a little more to the southward than mine; I could see a stern light. 9254. At what time was that? - Shortly after we turned round. 9255. That is earlier than this. About what time was that? - Say one - between one and half-
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