Jan C. Nielsen
This is an interesting aspect of the disaster . . . closeting the surviving crew members on board a ship, and getting their stories before releasing them ashore. I think it's very characteristic of a company's strategy of damage control. Notably, it was the White Star Line's lawyers conducting the depositions, not the Board of Trade's. How did the lawyers do it? Did they actually question each of those guys, individually? It must have been a monumental effort. Certainly, the experience was intimidating for the Titanic's crew. I wonder if any were expressly told to keep their mouths shut, or whether depositions were used subsequently to impeach witnesses at the Inquiry. Too bad that few of the deposition transcripts have survived. Can the text of the surviving depositions be posted on ET?