Mr. Pitman

Brighton Argus

Mr. Pitman, the third officer, who confirmed the statement that only two boats were lowered at the Board of Trade inspection.
He did not see any ice before the disaster, but knew a wireless warning had been received. After the receipt of the warning a special look out was ordered. After the collision he met Mr. Ismay, who told him to get the women and children into the boats and assisted him in doing so. Witness left the ''Titanic'' in a boat containing 40 people although it would have held 60.

When the ship disappeared, he heard cries of distress and ordered the men to row in that direction. Passengers demurred, however, and he yielded to their importunities. The cries continued for an hour.

The witness, who appeared distressed, gave no further explanation as to not going to the rescue of the drowning people. He bore out Mr. Boxhall's statement regarding a strange vessel which declined to answer the ''Titanic'' signals.

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