The RMS Titanic Inquiry in London - 1912
The British Method: The RMS Titanic Inquiry in London. The Illustrated London News (25 May 1912) p. 782. GGA Image ID # 102e7668c7
Photos Top to Bottom, Left to Right:
- Those Appointed to Hold the British Inquiry into the Loss of the "Titanic": Lord Mersey, the Wreck Commissioner, and Assessors.
- The Procedure of the British Inquiry into the Loss of the "Titanic": A Witness Giving Evidence.
- The Inquiry in Full Swing: The Scene in the London Scottish Drill Hall, Showing a Model of the "Titanic."
- A Look out Man Who Gave Evidence as to an Order from the Bridge Telling Him to Keep a Sharp Lookout for All Ice: Archie Jewell.
- The President of the "Titanic" Inquiry in This Country and the Secretary: Lord Mersey and His Elder Son, Captain the Hon. Charles Bigham.
- A Seaman Who Told How a Rush of Foreigners Was Stopped, and How Lifeboats Passed among Hundreds Op Dead Bodies: Joseph Scarrott.
The British Inquiry
The British Inquiry into the loss of the "Titanic" was opened on May 9, in the London Scottish Drill Hall, at Buckingham Gate.
Lord Mersey, the Wreck Commissioner, appointed for the purpose, took the chair at eleven o’clock, accompanied by the Assessors—Rear-Admiral the Hon. S. A. Gough-Calthorpe, Professor Biles, Captain A. W. Clarke, Commander F. C. Lyon, and Mr. E. C. Chaston.
With regard to two of those whose portraits appear on this page, it may be said that, in the earlier stages of the proceedings, Archie Jewell, one of the lookout men of the "Titanic," who was in the crow's nest before the two men who were there at the time of the collision, gave evidence as to having received, by telephone from the bridge, the message. " Keep a sharp lookout for all ice, big and small," and said that he did not see any ice.
He also described various details of the disaster. On the same day, Seaman Joseph Scarrott told of how he helped in the launching of No. 14 lifeboat, stopped a rush of foreigners towards it, and saw the "Titanic" sink; and described how the lifeboat, with three others, passed amongst hundreds of dead bodies floating about.