Testimony of Ernest Archer
18115. And then
later on did you go away in boat No. 16? - Yes.
Testimony of Ernest Archer, page
Mr. ARCHER. We went to them,
uncovered them, and got the falls ready for
lowering. Then I went over to the starboard side and
assisted in lowering about three boats. I could not
mention the number of the boats I lowered. I never
taken any notice. Then an officer came along - I
could not mention his name - and he sang out that
they wanted some seamen on the other side, on the
port side, to assist over there. I went over then
and assisted in getting Nos. 12, 14, and 15 out. I
assisted in getting the falls and everything ready,
and the passengers into No. 14 boat. Then I went to
Mr. ARCHER. Then when I got
to No. 16 boat the officer told me to get into the
boat and see that the plug was in; so I got in the
boat. I seen that the plug was in tight; then they
started to put passengers in, and I assisted to get
Senator BOURNE. Were you
still remaining in No. 16?
Mr. ARCHER. Still remaining
in the boat and assisting the passengers, children
and ladies, to the boat.
Senator BOURNE. You and your mate were in the boat?
Mr. ARCHER. Yes, sir.