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Witnesses Called To Give Evidence on Titanic Disaster

Witnesses Called To Give Evidence on Titanic Disaster

Witnesses Providing Testimony on the Titanic Disaster. The Illustrated London News (8 June 1912) p. 869. GGA Image ID # 102e492c7e

Pictured Above: Lady Duff-Gordon, Seaman George Symons, Fireman Charles Hendrickson, Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, Fireman Samuel Collins, Seaman R. J. Horswell, Apprentice J. Gibson, Captain Stanley Lord, Witnesses from the “Californian”, Officers and Men. Insert: To Make Good Los of Kit, a Cheque for £5 Signed by Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon. The Illustrated London News (8 June 1912) p. 869. GGA Image ID # 102e492c7e

Giving evidence before the British Commission inquiring into the loss of the “Titanic.” George Symons, who was in charge of the boat in which Sir. Cosmo and Lady Duff-Gordon, amongst others, were passengers, said that he thought it would not be safe to go back to attempt to pick anyone out of the water and that no question was raised in the boat about going back to the rescue.

Charles Hendrickson, a fireman, said that he had come to the conclusion that the boat should have gone back, and that he was under the impression that it was prevented from going back by Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff-Gordon, who, he alleged, protested against a return.

A Piece of Documentary Evidence. Facsimile of one of the seven checks said to have been given by Sir Cosmo Duff- Gordon to the crew of the life-boat in which he was saved from the Titanic. The charge is made that this life-boat left the ship early with a few rich passengers. It was called “the millionaires’ special” by the other survivors. © "Newspaper Illustrations," London. The Literary Digest (25 May 1912) p. 1093. GGA Image ID # 1087436e11

Collins was also in the boat. Edward James Horswell said that he heard nothing about going back.

James Gibson, an apprentice on the “Californian,” said, in the earlier stages of the Inquiry, that, when on duty at twenty minutes past twelve on the night of the disaster, he saw a ship's light, and saw rockets fired. 

Various other members of the “ Californian's” crew and her master, Captain Stanley Lord, also gave evidence when the Court was seeking to establish whether the “Californian” was the vessel whose lights were seen by certain of the passengers and crew of the “Titanic“ and whether the vessel which sent up rockets a few miles away in the ice-field in which the “ Californian ” spent the night of April 14-15 was the “Titanic.”

Officers and Crew from the S.S. Californian Waiting to Give Testimony During the British Inquery to the Titahic Disaster.

Officers and Crew from the S.S. Californian Waiting to Give Testimony During the British Inquery to the Titahic Disaster. The Illustrated London News (8 June 1912) p. 869-h. GGA Image ID # 105cbe0564

The “Californian” group shows (from left to right):  G. Glenn, fireman; W. Thomas, greaser; C. F. Evans, wireless-operator: J. Gibson, apprentice; H. Stone, second officer; W. Ross, seaman; C. V. Groves, third officer; and G. F. Stewart, chief officer.

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