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RMS Titanic in detail
Discovery / Salvage / Exploration / Exhibits
The bulkhead between boiler rooms #5 and #4
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[QUOTE="David G. Brown, post: 383774, member: 136775"] Just out of curiosity, why is some testimony of some survivors taken as gospel while the words of other eyewitnesses are ignored? Specifically, why is the following testimony of fireman George Beauchamp swept under the rug? Consider what he said during the London inquiry: 654 Were you on duty on Sunday, the 14th, when the ship struck? Ans: Yes. 655 Where were you? Ans: Eight to twelve watch. 656 Were you down below in the stokehold? Ans: Yes 657 & 658 Which stokehold was it? Ans: Number ten. The second one from the forward end. Titanic’s six boiler rooms were divided into eleven stokeholds. A “stokehold” was the space at the face of the boiler furnaces where the stokers worked tending the fires. Boiler room #1 had only a single stokehold. Counting forward, boiler room #6 had stokehold ten at its after end and stokehold eleven at its forward end. Fireman Beauchamp correctly identified where he worked both by boiler room and stokehold. There is no reason to doubt that he knew where he was and what he was doing when the ship struck on the iceberg. 661a Did you notice the shock? Ans: Yes, sir, I noticed the shock. 662 Was it a severe shock? Ans: Just like thunder, the roar of thunder. 663 And immediately after the shock was any order given? Ans: Yes. 664 What order? Ans: to stand by, to stop. The telegraph went “stop.” 664a You got that order from the bridge, “Stop”? Ans: Yes. 664b And were the engines stopped at once or not? Ans: The telegraph rung off “Stop,” so I suppose they were. 665 Did the engineer in your section give you any order? Ans: Yes, the engineer and the leading stoker shouted together – they said, “Shut the dampers.” 666 Did you8 shut the dampers. Ans: yes, immediately; shut everything up. Beauchamp order of events during and immediately following impact was fully supported by the testimony of his leading stoker. During the London inquiry Beauchamp’s leading stoker said, (q, 1856 to 1865) “I was in No. 10 stokehold. The starboard side. There is like a clock rigged up in the stokehold and a red light goes up when the ship is supposed to stop; a white light for full speed, and, I think it is a blue light for slow. This red light came up. I am the man in charge of the watch, and I called out, ‘Shut all dampers.’ To shut the wind off the fires.” At this point we know that Beauchamp was in boiler room #6 working in stokehold ten. His leading stoker was standing virtually next to him. Both men agreed that the leading stoker ordered the dampers shut and Beauchamp complied with that order. But, Beauchamp had more work to do. 668e After the watertight doors were closed, was any order given to you with regard to the fires? Ans: Yes. I could not say when – it was a few minutes afterwards; the order was given to draw fires. 669 A few minutes after what? Ans: After the order was given to shut up, an order was given to draw fires. I could not say how many minutes, but the order was given to draw fires. 670 And did you obey that order? Ans: Yes. 671 Did you see any water? Ans: Water was coming in on the plates when we were drawing the fires. 672 What do you mean by “the plates”? Ans: the plates of the stokehold where you stand. 672a You mean where the stokers were standing? Ans: Yes. 673 What happened then? Ans: The water was just coming above the plates then. 673a You mean it was coming through the floor? Ans: Yes, coming through the bunker door and over the plates. 674 Through the bunker door? Ans: Yes coming through the bunker like. 675 When you had drawn the fires what did you do next? Ans: Waited till everything was shut down and an order was given. Someone shouted, ‘that will do,’ when everything was safe, when everything was shut down. 676 What did you do? Ans: When the order was given someone shouted, ‘that will do’ and so I went to the escape ladder. Beauchamp’s cogent testimony succinctly described the procedure for making a boiler “safe” by drawing out the fire from its furnace. It was not an easy procedure. Red-hot coals had to be raked onto the stoker plates and sluiced down with cold sea water. The work went with dispatch, but still took time. 678 Can you say how long it took to draw the fires? Ans: I could not say how long it took, just the usual time. I could not say for certain. 679 What is the usual time? You have often done it, I suppose? Ans: Yes, I have done it a good many times. Of course it all depends what you have got in the fires as a rule. 680 Can you say whether it took a few minutes or half an hour? Ans: It took a quarter of an hour, I suppose. Summing up what Beauchamp said, he was at the after end of boiler room #6 when the ship struck. He heard and felt the shock. Immediately, his leading stoker ordered the dampers shut and Beauchamp complied. A few minutes later word came to rake down the furnaces, a job that usually took 15 minutes or so. It was roughly 20 minutes after impact when Beauchamp went on deck via the escape ladder. At that time water was just coming up through the stoker plates and out of the bunker behind him. Clearly, Beauchamp and his leading stoker worked in a very slowly flooding boiler room #6. The did not escape from catastrophic flooding roaring through a major opening in the ship’s side. Why are the testimonies of these two men ignored? – David G. Brown [/QUOTE]
I which year did the Titanic sail?