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Mystery Ships Seen

Post by Karen on Sun 15 Apr 2012 - 23:27




More extraordinary evidence was given yesterday at the United States Senate's inquiry of mysterious ships near the sinking Titanic that, with better fortune, might, perhaps, have saved the whole of the 1,200 or more victims.
Captain Moore, of the Canadian Pacific liner Mount Temple, which was forty-nine miles from the scene of the disaster, told how, in steaming to the rescue, he narrowly escaped collision with a small schooner, which was coming from the direction of the Titanic, and also passed a tramp steamer, which might have been the vessel whose lights were said to have been seen from the sinking liner.
The Mount Temple passed between forty and fifty icebergs on her way to the scene, but arrived too late.
The Lapland, with the survivors of the crew of the Titanic on board, will reach Plymouth this morning. Extremely strict precautions have been taken to prevent the Press and the public having any access to the members of the Titanic's crew. The men will not go home until their statements have been taken by the officials of the Board of Trade and the White Star Line.
The Olympic is still at Southampton, and arrangements have been made for the transference of the passengers to other boats sailing for America.
The various relief funds amounted last night to nearly 300,000 pounds.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, Sunday April 28, 1912

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Post by Karen on Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 21:25

How the Mount Temple Passed Two or Three Vessels on the Way.


Captain Moore, of the Canadian Pacific liner Mount Temple, was called when the inquiry into the Titanic disaster was resumed today.
He said that at about 12:30 on April 15 he was informed that the Titanic, which he reckoned was about forty-nine miles distant, was sending out C.Q.D. messages. He at once ordered full steam to be put on, and called up all the spare firemen, directing that they should be given an allowance of rum to encourage them.
In the dash towards the scene of the disaster the Mount Temple about three a.m. had to put her engines full speed astern to avoid a small schooner lying ahead of her. The schooner was coming from the direction of the Titanic. The Mount Temple also had to slow down on account of ice, and she was finally obliged to stop for a few minutes, at 3:25 ship's time, when she was about fourteen miles from the Titanic.
Captain Moore thought the lights seen by the survivors of the Titanic might have seen those of a large tramp steamer which the Mount Temple passed. She did not reply to wireless signals.
Creeping slowly through the ice the Mount Temple reached a point very near the Titanic's reported position at 4:30 on Monday morning. There he counted between forty and fifty icebergs, and saw nothing else but the strange steamer.
Witness read the messages that passed between him and the Titanic, one of them asking the Mount Temple to get all boats ready as she was sinking fast.
Witness was of opinion that the Titanic's officers made an error in calculating their position.
Witness showed considerable reluctance in answering some pointed questions which were put to him with a view to eliciting his opinion upon the speed at which the Titanic was travelling, and he was obliged to admit that he considered it most unwise to drive a ship at night in waters where the presence of ice had been reported.
Mr. Franklin, Vice-President of the International Mercantile Marine Corporation, which owns the White Star and other lines, recalled, the chairman asked him whether any attempt had been made to reinsure the Titanic and her cargo before the news of the sinking came to hand. The answer was in the negative.
Andrew Cunningham, a state-room steward on the Titanic, was the next witness. He said that the order to call all the passengers was not given until fifty minutes after the collision.
Mr. Stead was the last of the passengers under his charge to put on a lifebelt. After that he saw him no more.
Several representatives of the Titanic Survivors Committee have arrived here, and Senator Smith, the chairman of the Investigation Committee, states that they have come to give evidence as to the whereabouts of Captain Smith and Mr. Bruce Ismay on the Sunday evening before the accident occurred.
Mr. Ismay, who is attending all the hearings of the inquiry, states that he is not so impatient now since the testimony of twenty-five of the crew has been taken in one day through senators' individual night work. - Reuter.

To Sleep on Floor Beds in Dock Waiting Room.

[From Our Correspondent.]

PLYMOUTH, Saturday Midnight.

A strange homecoming awaits the survivors of the Titanic's crew, who will arrive, at Plymouth tomorrow morning at six o'clock on board the Lapland.
Very stringent instructions have been issued by the White Star Company that the Press and public are not to be allowed to come in contact with the Titanic survivors on the Lapland or on shore. Access to the liner, to the tender which will convey the survivors ashore, and to the landing-stage, has been refused, and on landing the crew will not proceed at once to their homes.
Arrangements for a special train to run immediately to Southampton have been cancelled, and now one of the waiting rooms at the docks has been transformed into a dormitory. There mattresses have been ranged on the floor, and with blankets brought from Great Western steamers at Fishguard, the male members of the crew will have to make themselves happy and comfortable until the White Star authorities and the Board of Trade decide whether they shall go to their homes on Monday or Tuesday.
The stewardesses and cashiers, some twenty in number, will drive in a waggonette to a large hotel at which accommodation has been reserved for them.
Mr. Sandeson, one of the joint managers of the White Star Line, arrived in Plymouth this evening to superintend the arrangements. Mr. Bartholomew, of the Solicitors' Department of the Board of Trade, is also in Plymouth. He has come armed with subpoenas for service on the members of the crew, and has brought with him several members of the department to take the depositions of each man. Several expert typists have also been brought down to expedite the work of preparing the statements.
The members of the crew will, as far as possible, be persuaded to remain tomorrow on the dock premises, but, of course, there is no legal power to detain them against their inclination - at any rate, after the Board of Trade officials have interviewed them. From the man making depositions a selection will be made, so that a decision will then be reached as to which men shall be called at the inquiry next week. Those of the crew not wanted will be paid off here, and sent to their homes, but others who are to be witnesses will continue to be paid.
The company has arranged for special trains to leave on Monday morning with the members of the crew, the greater number of whom will probably go to Southampton, where their homes are.

Funeral Ship Reports Identification of 171 Victims of Disaster.

NEW YORK, Saturday.

A further list of bodies identified on board the Mackay Bennett has been received by wireless message by the White Star Company, bringing the total to 171. The list, which includes the name of Mr. F.M. Millet, a well-known artist and author, is as follows: -

Amers Gustafson, C.C. Ricks, Pedro Ale, R.W. Laysen, Adolf Humblen, F. Tamlyn, Alfred Fellows, Edward Lockyer, W. Watson, F. Woodford, Thos. Theobald, M. Mayo, Mnossar Novel, W. McQuilian, M. Saunders, E. Price, Thomas J. Everett, Marcia Haussa, Rosamera Abbott, C. Shillaheer, Petri Semperopolos, E. Gilbert, D. Anban, J.J. Davies, Alphonse Moojf, Clarke G. Ingram, J. Ackerman, Alfred Roue, Robert J. Bateman, Timothy McCarthy, Almon Paulshon, Walter C. Porier, Emil Brandeis, Arthur G. McCrae, George Lefevre, Bernard I. Batiste, S. Cove, Allonias Antonia, Wallace H. Hartley, John S. March, T. Tewton, J. Banson, Dr. W.E. Minahan, F. Roberts, R. Saute, Engelharte Ostby, T.F. Baxter, Stanley H. Fox, Alfred King, E. Freeman, H. Hangood, Maurice E. Debrenca, W. Vanderhoof, R.A. Waresam, Frank D. Millet, J. Hutchinson, William Carter, Austin Vanbillard, Leonard Hickman, Edward A. Kort, Owen G. Allum, Karvi Anderson, J. Story, A.S. Nicholson, H. Lyon, Pompio Piazzo, J. Brown, F. Marsh, E.G. Crosby, A. Deeble, J.H. Coe, C. Milling, J. White, S. Halloway, Arthur Gee, C. Gradiage, H. Jaillett, J. Reeves, Edward J. Rogers, S. Hantor Fred Sawyer. - Reuter.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, April 28, 1912, pp. 1-2

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Another "Smithism" is reported from Washington.
When Captain Lord told the Titanic inquiry court on Friday that he stopped the engines of the Californian owing to ice for a good part of the night, Senator Smith asked him whether he cast anchor! The water at that point is two miles deep!
Mr. G.A.B. Dewar tells a good story of "another Senator Smith." This person, a United States official, was appointed to the command of a large ship, though his knowledge of the sea was small. On reaching the ship he was met by a large party of his staff and his admirers, who escorted him towards the saloon for a complimentary lunch. He stood stock still, however, on the first or second step, and stared at the scene below.
"Why," he exclaimed, with blank astonishment, "the durned thing's hollow!"


Sad irony invests the following letter which has been received in Belfast by Mrs. Ervine, mother of Albert Ervine, one of Messrs. Harland and Woolf's staff, who was drowned. The writer, according to a message on Wednesday, says: -
"This morning we had a full dress rehearsal of an emergency. The alarm bells rang for ten seconds, and then about fifty doors, all of steel, gradually slid down into their places, so that water could not escape from any one section into the next. So you see that it would be impossible for the ship to be sunk in collision with another."
The members of the crew were evidently familiar with their duties, and had the utmost confidence in the precautionary mechanism.


The Philharmonic Orchestra, the Queen's Hall Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra, the Beecham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera Orchestra, and the London Opera House Orchestra, will give an orchestral concert at the Royal Albert Hall, when the following conductors will appear:

Mr. Arthur Nikisch, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Henry J. Wood, Mr. Landon Ronald, and Mr. Thomas Beecham.
The total strength of the orchestra will be 600 performers, and the concert (which will take place in the afternoon at ordinary prices) is given by London orchestral musicians as a tribute to their brother musicians who perished in the Titanic disaster.


Inspection and Higher Wages.

The delegates of the Liverpool branches of the Seamen's and Firemen's Union have resolved to demand the right of inspection of the lifeboat accommodation on all ships leaving Liverpool, and an increase of the wages of seamen to 4 pounds 10s., and of firemen to 5 pounds monthly, to take effect as from tomorrow.

Memorial to "Wireless" Hero.

Residents of Godalming are making immediate steps to permanently honour the memory of Mr. Jack Phillips, the Titanic's chief wireless operator. The Town Council has decided to open a fund, and a public meeting will be held to decide what form the memorial shall take.

Chinaman Lost.

A Chinaman, named Ah Sing, should have appeared at the Thames Court yesterday to answer a summons taken out by the London County Council under the Seamen's Lodging House Act, but it was stated it was feared he had gone down with the Titanic.
Mr. Dickinson adjourned the case sine die in case the man should be amongst those saved.

Lusitania's Lifeboats.

Extra lifeboats, underneath each of which was a collapsible boat, had been placed on board the Cunard liner Lusitania, which left Liverpool last night for New York.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, April 28, 1912, Page 2

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