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The Final Seconds before Collision: Part
9 of 12
Bruce A. Trinque
Part 9 – Fireman George Beauchamp
Q: Were you
down below in the stokehold?
stokehold was it?
A: No. 10.
Q: Did you
notice the shock when the ship struck?
A: Yes, Sir, I noticed the shock.
Q: Was it
a severe shock?
A: Just like the thunder, the roar of thunder.
Q: And immediately
after the shock was any order given?
Q: What order?
A: To stand by, to stop. – The telegraph went
Q: You got
that order from the bridge, “Stop”?
Q: And were
the engines stopped at once or not?
A: The telegraph rung off “Stop,” so I suppose
Q: Did the
engineer in your section give you any order?
A: Yes; the engineer and the leading stoker shouted
together – they said, “Shut the dampers.”
Did you shut the dampers?
A: Yes, immediately; “shut everything up.”
Fireman Beauchamp reverses the order of events (the
collision becoming before the “stop” order)
compared with what Barrett had testified, again the
sense is conveyed that these were nearly simultaneous
occurrences, not events separated by more than half