Testimony of Robert Hichens, page 451
Mr. HITCHENS. I left
the wheel at 23 minutes past 12, sir. I was relieved
by Quartermaster Perkis. He relieved me at 23
minutes past 12. I think the first officer, or one
of the officers said, "That will do with the wheel;
get the boats out." I went out to get the boats out
on the port side. I think I got in No. 6 boat, sir;
put in charge of her by the second officer, Mr.
Lightoller. We lowered away from the ship, sir, and
were told to "Pull toward that light," which we
started to do, to pull for that light. I had 38
women in the boat, sir, 1 seaman and myself, with 2
male passengers, 1 Italian boy and a Canadian major
who testified here yesterday.
Senator SMITH. Were
you in charge of the boat?
Mr. HITCHENS. I
was; yes, sir. .