Titanic Sinking - Ismay Denies All, part 2
"I asked Capt. Smith what was the matter, and he said he had struck ice. I asked him whether he thought it serious, and he said he did. On returning to my room I met the Chief Engineer and asked him whether he thought the damage serious and he said he thought it was.
"I then returned to my room and put on a suit of clothes. I had been in my overcoat and pajamas up to this time. I then wept back to the boat deck and heard Capt. Smith give the order to clear the boats. I helped in this work for nearly two hours, as far as I can judge. I worked at the starboard boats, helping women and children into the boats and lowering them over the side. I did nothing with regard to the boats on the port side.
"By the time every wooden lifeboat on the starboard side had been lowered away, and I found that they were engaged in getting out the forward collapsible in this work, and all the women that were on this deck were helped into the boat. They were all, I think, third-class passengers.
Chinamen Hidden in His Boat.
"As the boat was going over the side Mr. Carter, a passenger, and myself got in. At that time there was not a woman on the boat deck, nor any passenger of any class, so far as we could see or hear. The boat had between thirty-five and forty in it, I should think, most of them women.
"There were perhaps four or five men, and it was afterward discovered that there were four Chinamen concealed under the thwarts in the bottom of the boat. The distance that the boat had to be lowered into the waer[sic] was, I should estimate, about twenty feet. Mr. Carter and I did not get into the boat until after they had begun to lower it away.
"When the boat reached the water I helped row it, pushing the oar from me as I sat. This is the explanation of the fact that my back was to the sinking steamer. The boat would have accommodated certainly six or more passengers in addition if there had been any on the boat deck to go. These facts can be substantiated by Mr. W. E. Carter of Philadelphia, who got in at the time that I did and was rowing the boat with me.
"I hope I need not say that neither Mr. Carter nor myself would for one moment have thought of getting into the boat if I had thought that by remaining on the ship I could have been of the slightest further assistance.
His Messages From the Carpathia.
"It is impossible for me to answer every false statement, rumor or invention that has appeared in the newspapers. I am prepared to answer any questions that may be asked by the Committee of the Senate, or any other responsible person. I shall, therefore, make no further statement of this kind, except to explain the messages that I sent from the Carpathia. These messages have been completely misunderstood.
"An inference has been drawn from them that I was anxious to avoid the Senate Committee's inquiry which it was intended to hold in New York. As a matter of fact, when dispatching these messages I had not the slightest idea that any inquiry was contemplated, and I had no information regarding it until the arrival of the Carpathia, at the Cunard dock in New York on Thursday night, when I was informed by Senators Smith and Newlands of the appointment of the special committee to make the inquiry.
"The only purpose I had in sending these messages was to express my desire to have the crew returned to their homes in England for their benefit at the earliest possible moment, and I also was naturally anxious to return to my family, but left the matter of my return entirely to our representatives in New York.
"I deeply regret that I am compelled to make any personal statement when my whole thought is on the horror of the disaster. In building the Titanic it was the hope of my associates and myself that we had built a vessel which could not be destroyed by the perils of the sea or the dangers of navigation. The event has proved the futility of that hope.
"The present legal requirements have proved inadequate. They must be changed---but whether they are changed or not, this awful experience has taught the steamship owners of the world that too much reliance has been placed on watertight compartments and on wireless telegraphy, and that they must equip every vessel with lifeboats and rafts sufficient to provide for every soul on board, and sufficient men to handle them."
Hit Berg at Full Speed.
The White Star Line gave out yesterday a copy of the cable report of the disaster that was sent to the Liverpool office on April 19 and posted at Lloyds on the following day. It reads:
"Until arrival Carpathia 9:30 P. M., April 18, 1912, no statement whatever as to facts of collision. Carpathia wireless short-distance type, and wholly occupied transmitting names passengers. Master Carpathia and officers Titanic testifying to-day before United States Senate subcommittee New York. Facts substantially as follows:
"Titanic followed strictly southernmost track westbound, changing courses at corner 47 meridian 42 latitude, thence south 80 degrees west. True all officers watch perished, except Fourth Officer Boxhall, who was working observations in chart-room and making rounds. Night perfectly clear starlight, no wind, sea calm. Had encountered no ice previously. Proceeding with vigilant lookout full speed, but reduced consumption, probably 21 to 22 knots. Engineers all perished. 11:45 P. M., April 14; ship sighted lowlying berg direct ahead. First Officer starboard helm reversed full speed, and closed all compartments. Struck berg bluff starboard bow. Slight jar, but grinding sound, evidently opening several compartments starboard side. Boats cleared filled with women and children, lowered and sent off under responsible persons. Ship sank bow first 2:20 A. M. All boats away except one collapsible. Carpathia rescued survivors 4 A. M. Discipline perfect."
The New York Times, New York, NY 22 Apr 1912