That's what W/Os did back then, Julian. nowadays it is called Flexi-hours.Jim,
Captain Lord's evidence at the USA Inquiry is not supported by your reply.
Captain Lord testified as follows:-
[Of Evans the wireless operator on The Californian]
"From what I have seen of him, he [Evans] is generally around about 10 o'clock in the morning,
and next day gives me reports of things that happen after midnight, very frequently ".
Obviously, you can't tell the Captain what happens after midnight if you go to bed at the time you suggest!
Neither would there be any point in Groves popping in to see Evans after the 8pm - 12 midnight watch if Evans wasn't still usually up after midnight!
If they were expecting a Master or vessel-specific message or waiting for a vessel to enter or before it left the Marconi "grid" to receive a message they would wait up late to do so. If appropriately urgent they would deliver thereafter. Otherwise, routine traffic was delivered the next day. They loosely followed what was termed "Day-worker" hours. All crew were designated Day workers or Watchkeepers.
Captain Lord was simply remembering the occasions when Evans chose to work overtime and delivered messages to him when he, the captain, was in bed. The messages delivered to him at 10 am or any other time during Day Work hours would be delivered as they were received. For instance. If Lord had specifically told Evans to transmit a master to master message as soon as possible, and Evans knew the vessel in question would not be in range before 1 am then he would wait until that vessel was in range and transmit before turning in. There is no big conspiracy or mystery here, Julian.
Incidentally, Evans was in his bunk when Groves visited him. Groves was interested in wireless, not Evans