Can someone provide me with more details about the newspaper interview with Jack Foley? John (Jack) Foley was my Great Great Great Grandfather and I am trying to get as much info as possible.In 1977 in reply to a number of questions Walter Lord wrote:
"..... except for the intriguing riddle about the sounding spar. My source for the need to chop it down was a newspaper interview with Storekeeper Jack Foley, later included in Jay Mowbray's The Sinking of the Titanic. But reporters often get things mixed up, so last night I got out Harland & Wolff's rigging plan of the Titanic, and also some photo close-ups of her port side in an effort to see exactly where the sounding spar was located. According to the rigging plan its hinge was between Boats 2 and 4 and it folded against the deck right underneath Boat 2. But according to the photographs it clearly folds the other way, against Boat 4, and would clearly have been a hindrance in lowering the Boat. The trouble is, I should think it would have been necessary to chop it loose before the Boat was lowered at all, rather than after it had been lowered to the level of A Deck. Possibly the reporter got it wrong, or Foley had his sequence wrong, and the sounding spar was chopped free before they began to lower the Boat. Or possibly they managed to get it level with Deck A, but then the sounding spar got tangled in the falls and they then had to chop it free. In any case, I'm satisfied it must have been a major problem."