Lifeboat Tidbit From Carlise's Testimony Question


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Just been reading Alexander Carlise's BOT Inquiry testimony starting at:

http://www.titanicinquiry.org/BOTInq/BOTInq20Carlisle01.php

Is it just me, or did it seem like Alex was uncomfortable in the hot seat, judging by how long it took for Mersey and his assessors to get to the point with him? It makes his testimony frustrating to read.
Yet there is a gem in it:
The bit about the 1911 BOT conference on lifeboats Carlise participated in that he was "very soft" at when it came to signing the reccomendations that actually would have reduced the number of lifeboats on British merchant ships, despite his spoken opinion at the conference that the new liners Olympic and Titanic had far too few boats.
Anyone know if documentation from that BOT meeting still exists? Surely there is more data on it than in the few pertinent parts of Carlise's testimony?
Would be a gem of a find, the minutes from the days Carlise was present.

Richard Krebes

"When truth goes out the window, we all lose something." -General James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle
 

Dave Gittins

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Mark Chirnside has looked for the minutes recently in connection with another matter. They evidently no longer exist.

For more on Carlisle and the boats, see the evidence of Sir Norman Hill. Carlisle was not the hero he's sometimes made out to be.
 
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Thanks, Dave.
Have read half of Mr. Hill's testimony so far, and I have to say that, when it comes to the matter of lifeboats, nobody it seems to come across as a hero about wether or not there should have been more aboard the Titanic when you dig right into the facts.

You and the late Walter Lord are quite right to point out that Carlise is by no means the hero he is made out to be sometimes. He was to blame as much as anyone else for the lack of boats.
Indeed, everyone related to the Titanic's boats, both the Board of Trade and the White Star Line, it can be fairly aruged, was to blame for the gross lack of lifeboats aboard the Titanic.


Richard Krebes

"When truth goes out the window, we all lose something." -General James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle
 

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