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Conflicting Views of the Collision: Captain Andersen's

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THE STORY OF CAPTAIN ANDERSEN, OF THE “‘STORSTAD.”


” I) The vessels sighted one another when far apart. The ‘Empress of Ireland was seen oft the port bow of the ‘ Storstad.’ The green (starboard) light of the ‘ Empress of Ireland’ was visible to those on board the ‘Storstad.’ Under these circumstances the rules of navigation gave to the Storstad’ the right of way. The heading of the ‘Empress of Ireland’ was then changed in such a manner as to put the vessels into such a position as to pass safely. Shortly after, the fog enveloped first the ‘Empress of Ireland ‘ and then the ‘Storstad.’ The ‘ Storstad’s ‘ engines were at once slowed and then stopped. Her heading remained unaltered. Whistles from the ‘.Empress of Ireland’ were heard on .the ‘ Storstad’s’ port bow and answered. The ‘Empress of Ireland’ was then seen through the fog close at hand on the port bow of the ‘ Storstad.’ She was showing a green light and making considerable headway. (21 The engine’ of the ‘ Storstad ‘ were at once reversed at full speed and headway was nearly checked when


the vessels came together. It has been said that the ‘Storstad’ should not have backed out of the hole made by the collision. She did not do so. As the vessels came together the engines were ordered ahead for the purpose of holding her bow against the side of the ‘Empress of Ireland,’ thus preventing the entrance of water into either vessel. (3) The headway of the ‘ Empress of Ireland,’ however, swung the ‘ Storstad’ around in such a way as to twist the ‘Storstad’s ‘ bow out of the hole and to bend the bow itself over to port. The ‘Empress of Ireland’ at once disappeared in the fog. The ‘ Storstad ‘ sounded her whistle repeatedly in an effort to locate the ‘Empress of Ireland,’ but could obtain no indication of her whereabouts until cries were heard. The ‘Storstad ‘ then manoeuvred as close to the ‘ Empress of Ireland ‘ as was safe in view of the danger of injury to persons already in the water. The ‘ Storstad ‘ at once lowered every one of her boats . … About 350 persons were taken aboard.” -The ” Times.”



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