Captain Rostron's full testimony to theU.S. Senate can be accessed HEREMr. ROSTRON. Male. It appeared to me to be one of the crew. He was only about 100 yards from the ship. We could see him quite distinctly, and saw that he was absolutely dead. He was lying on his side like this (indicating) and his head was awash. Of course he could not possibly have been alive and remain in that position. I did not take him aboard. For one reason, the Titanic's passengers then were knocking about the deck and I did not want to cause any unnecessary excitement or any more hysteria among them, so I steamed past, trying to get them not to see it.
From the boats we took three dead men, who had died of exposure.
Senator SMITH. From the lifeboats?
Mr. ROSTRON. From the lifeboats; yes, sir.
Senator SMITH. Do you know from which boats they were taken?
Mr. ROSTRON. No, sir; I am only giving you the general news now. We took three dead men from the boats, and they were brought on board. Another man was brought up - I think he was one of the crew - who died that morning about 10 o'clock, I think, and he, with the other three, were buried at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
Senator SMITH. At sea?
Mr. ROSTRON. At sea.
Senator SMITH. Did they have anything on their persons by which they could be identified?
Mr. ROSTRON. One of my own officers and the Titanic's officers identified the bodies, as far as possible, and took everything from them that could be of the slightest clue or use. Nothing was left but their clothes. There was very little taken, of course. But, as regards details, I can not give you much. I have been too busy.
Senator SMITH. You have not the names of these men?
Mr. ROSTRON. We have the names.
Senator SMITH. You have not them here with you?
Mr. ROSTRON. I have not got them with me; no, sir.
Senator SMITH. Were they men or women?
Mr. ROSTRON. Men. There were several ladies in the boats. They were slightly injured about the arms and things of that kind, of course; although I must say, from the very start, all these people behaved magnificently. As each boat came alongside everyone was calm, and they kept perfectly still in their boats. They were quiet and orderly, and each person came up the ladder, or was pulled up, in turn as they were told off. There was no confusion whatever among the passengers. They behaved magnificently - every one of them.
But the thought of the two ships side by side as one sinks is an interesting thought.