||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
|Hendrickson, Mr Charles George||1||1||5.00|
Testimony of Charles Hendrickson
4994. Did you do anything on the starboard side? - The boatswain called me and asked me to lend him a hand with the boat on the after side of the bridge.
4995. That is this little bridge which is there, No. 1 boat, was it not? - Yes.
4996. Did you assist to lower that? - To clear it - to clear the rope away and everything.
4997. Who were there at that boat? - I could not say; I knew the boatswain was there and an officer, and at the time the officer started firing rockets.
4998. Were there some other firemen there? - I found out afterwards there were.
4999. Did you start to get the boat ready? - Yes.
5000. How many of you were there at that time? - I suppose there would be about 20 of us; that would be passengers and crew mixed.
5001. Were there any women? - I think there were two women there.
5002. Could you tell whether the passengers were first, second or third-class, or anything of that sort? - I could not say.
5003. Were the women put into the boat? - Yes.
5004. Who also was put in the boat? - I think it was three gentlemen and two sailors; and this officer - I do not know who the officer was - called out, �Are there any more women here?� and there was no answer. He said, �How many seamen are there in the boat?� They said, �Two.� He said �Six firemen jump in.� I do not suppose there were six firemen there. He said to me, �Jump in,� and four got in beside myself.
5005. That was all on the boat deck? - On the boat deck.
5006. Was the boat then lowered? - No, it was on the davits; it was swung out ready for lowering. Soon after we got into it the officer sung out, �Are there any more passengers here?� There was no answer, and he started lowering away. That was after the rockets had been fired.
5007. How far did you lower her? - Right the way down.
5008. How many people were in her? - About 12 or 13, I think.
5009. Who was in charge? - One of the seamen as far as I know.
5010. Do you know his name? - Symons, or Simmons.
The Commissioner: Was this No. 12 boat?
5011. (Mr. Rowlatt.) No. 1 boat, the one you see hung out there, the emergency boat.