Scarrott was on duty at the time, but the on-duty deck crew were mostly hanging around the seamen's mess down on C deck, it being Sunday night. If he was stealing a smoke he may have been near to stairs going down the the seamen's quarters on E deck, possibly hanging around D deck near the door that opens into 3rd class open space just aft. He easily could have heard the 3 bells from there and ran down the stairs there to inform his mate in the seamen's wash place on D deck just below that something was spotted ahead. He wouldn't know what it was, but things like that didn't happen often on the open sea. When the ship struck he would have run up the stair there to go out onto the forward well deck to see what happened along with all those who awoke from those quarters by the impact.Most of what Scarrott says fits with Olliver's testimony except those "five to eight minutes" between the 3 bells and the first shock of impact. Clearly, the interval was more like 35 to 40 seconds but might have seemed longer to Scarrott.