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'LINJERCALIFORNIAN WAS ALLOWED TO DRIFT IN ICE
FIELDSAPTAINTELLS WHY TITANIC iS GONE
The)senate investigating com
mittee is spending much time try
ing to firrifcout if the officer of
the Titanic had received wireless
warnings of the ice ahead "before
the collision with the iceberg.
The senate committee need not
bother with thatquestrqn.
For at least one hour before the
Titanic struck the berg, she was
plowing through an icefield made
of hundreds of smajl floes, with
here and there a berg of moun
tainous size. '
No experienced mariner would
have driven his ship through such
an icefield at the rate of 21 knots.
The Titanic did drive through
at that rate.
Captain Edwin JSmitti was m
command of the Titanic.
i Captain Smith was an expe
rienced mariner. He had been at
sea for forty years. He wap
krfown among his associates as a
careful commander. He even
wa& criticised by o$her captains
fdr being tpo careful.
Woujd, Captain Smith, unless"
acting Under the direct orders of
his owners, have taken such a
fearful chance of sending the 2,
200 souls aboard his -vessel to
He certainly would not, and it
remains only for the senajte com-,
jnittee to find out who among the
owners of the Titanic gave the
drders under which Captain
Smith acted. . .
Whoever gave that order is the
murderer of the 1,500 deacj of the
Titanic s -
' Here is the story "of Captain
Lord, of the Leyland liner Cali-
fornian, given by Captain Lord to
the United Press at Boston to
'day. This story is" the most direct
proof possible" of the criminal
recklessness of the speed of the
Titanic at the timeWf the colli
v It explains why the Titanic is
at the bottom of the Atlantic
while the Californian is safe in
BY CAPTAIN LORD
Commander of the California
,fVVe were directly in the wake
of the Titanic the night' of ile
wreck. We were from 15 to"lSv
miles behind her. '
"The Titanic struck . between
ten and eleven o'clock. At six
o'clock we began running irito he
ice field. v
"Most of this was small ice
cakes from" one to five feet thick
and from one to five feersquare.
In this smail ice, however," were
some veritable mountains of ice.
"At times w were fdrced to
reverse the engines, float slowly
up to the larger bergs, and, when
thebow touched, them, start the
engines to push them out of the
"We hid made about ten miles
this way when dark came down.
It came down very quickly. We N
stopped altogether, for the bergs
got larger every foot we went
"The ice field wasat least ten
miles square, and mayhave been
two or three times that size.
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