April 25, 1912THE DAILY MIRRORPage 3
OLYMPIC FIREMEN REFUSE TO SAIL.
Liner Held Up at Southamptonat Last Minute.
285 SUDDENLY LAND
Last Man Slides Down MooringRopas, as Ship Is Starting.ANCHOEED OFF HYDE.Seamen Said to Have Struck, butAfterwards Agreed to Sail.
A remarkable and unexpeeted sequel to theTitanic disasLer was reported from Southamptonyesterday.The great liner Olympic was to have 'jailed fromthai port at noon for New York. Her boat accommodation had been increased [o an extent which, itwas understood, was equal to the full number ofsouls on board.At the last moment—five minutes before sailingtime, in (act- however, nearly 3U0 firemen, greasers,trimmers and others refused to sail.Throwing their kits on the quay or carryingthem on tlieir shoulders, they marched ashore bythe sole remaining gangway. A noisy meeting washeld, the result ot which was that the men decided to remain on shore.As reason lor their action they aliened that(1) There are not sufficient seamen on boardto man the lifeboats.(2) Collapsible boats are unseaworthy.After a considerable delay, the Olympic wastowed down Southampton Water to await a relayof firemen off Rvde, where she anchored. At8.30 a tug went oiit to her with about lifty firemen, but at eleven o'clock one out-of-work fireman was the only fresh recruit waiting in theWhite Star office.The crew was still nearly 200 short, and theWhite Star office at the dock gates was stillpicketed,There was no prospect of the Olj'fnpic gellingaway even to Cherbourg till the morning.There are 1,400 passengers booked for
thejourney, including those who will embark at Cherbourg and Queenstown. The Duke of Sutherlandis among them,Last night it was reported that some passengerson the liner were expressing anxiety about travelling with either a short-handed crew or a scratchcrew.
(From Our Special Correspondent.)
April '21.^A sensational incident prevented the sailing of the Olympic at noonto-day.At five minutes to twelve, when all the passengergangways had been removed, and after the lastvisitors had returned to the C|uay, kits began to bethrown overboard upon the quayside.A moment or two later several hundred firemenand trimmers began to file to shore back across thecrew's gangway aft, carrying their bundles andbags, and assembled in a noisy, threatening crowdupon the quay and in the landing shed.A sort of mass meeting was at once held in acorner of the vast shed, and an official of themen's union, standing on an empty truck, put thequestion to the men wdiether they should returnto the ship or keep oft her,
said he had been assured by Mr. PhilipCurry, the White Star manager, that there wereenough boats for everybody, and that the Boardof Trade had approved them, but it was for themen to say whether they would take the risk ornot.A show of hands displaying a large majorityfor staying ashore, the meeting broke up inless thari five minutes, the men seating themselveson, their bags or sprawling on the ground. Several,however, seemed to wish to go back to the ship.DEPUTATION FROM FIREMEN.Mr. Curiy and other olficials of the companyv.-ere joined in a few minutes by Captain Haddock,commander of the Olympic.They conferred in a little group apart from noisystrikers, and Mr. Curry gave brisk orders to subordinates at intervals, such as '' Telephone totown police for help to clear this shed.": "They are mutineers," he said, "for not onlydid they sign on last Monday, but they musteredthis morning, and therefore the voyage, as far asthey are concerned, has actually begun."! According to one account after the men left the-liner a deputation of five firemen and five greaserswaited upon Mr. Curry, and in the presence ofComfnander Clark.the Hoard of Trade Inspectorand Chief Emigration Officer, said they were notsatisfied with the collapsible boats.|. Commander Clark said he had mad« an examination of the boats, and was perfectly satisfiedMr. Curry then said he would give the menfive minutes to decide their course of action.They thereupon held a meeting on the quay, withthe result that they unanimously decided not toreturn to the ship.
.While the rebels were shouting and jeering, a^quad of some thirty volunteers for the stokehold
iralked-quickly across the remaining gangway on
the ship, and-Mr. Curry followed. The captain had preceded them,".The gangway was then taken up, and the shipwas cut off from the shore, except lor her mooiing jcables. It was then that th- most dramatic Inci-dent of the day took place.
A young fireman woKe in his bunl; to find thatthe rest had cleared and it was too late to cross theaft gangway to the quayside.Immediately he made his way to the forepeakof the vessel and boldly slid down a cable seventyfeet long, inclined from the liner to the shore.Three thou.sand people on the ship and quayheld their breath as he became bunched togetherlike a spider in the middle of the rope. His headhung downwards, his pockets emptied, and all hismoney fell into the sea, but he reached his friendson the quay in safety.They shouted to another man up above to followhis example or jumi) into the sea and " swim forit," promising to get him out, but the man delayedtoo long, for, with a great roaring of steam from thevalves at the top of the first and third of her tourfunnels, the ship began to stir.
SEAMEN'S WIRELESS MESSAGE
Seaman Lewis, A.B., sent a wireless message toMr. Cannon, secretary of the Seafarers' Union,at 6.15 .p.m. from the Olympic inquiring:—•" Shall crew proceed Olympic, await your decision."This referred to the seamen only. Of course,the answer given was a diplomatic one." Sailors mu^t not say ' 1 shan't' when they aretold to work," explained one of the firemen'sspokesmen to me, "but if they all sit on theirfynnks and say, 'I can't,' the only thing thatcan be done with them is to sign oft their articlesand put them on a shilling a month pay, discliarg-ing them at the first port of call."At midnight it w'as stated that all ranks belowboatswain's mate struck on the Olympic, but afterwards agreed to .sail.
MEN WANT WOODEN BOATS.
Mr. Cannon, the secretary of the Seafarers'Union here, tells me that altogether 285 men cameashore at the last moment,There were l.W firemen, seventy-two trimmers,thirty-four greasers and twenty-nine storekeepers,fan-oilers, storekeepers' assistants and refrigeratorattendants." The twenty engineers from other ships whowent on board to act as firemen," he said, " can't dothe work of 2^5 men. They could only help gether to Ryde." A deputation from this union went to the WhiteStar Line last night and complained about the boatsand the sailors being too few for the boats on board." The company promised four more sailors,making forty-two instead of thirty-eight, but whatgood are forty-two for forty-four boats and rafts?
The men say that they must have woodenboats.That is the reason of it all. We reportedto them what the owners said last night, and theytalked it over tliis morning among themselves." At sailing time they simply came off when theyfound there were only sixteen wooden boats onboard. They say that ot the forty collapsibles senton board sixteen were rejected by the Board otTrade and put back on the quay where anybodycan see them now.1N5I»ECT0H SATISFIED,Captain Clark, the Board of Trade inspector,said to me
—" I am not only satisfied that the boats on boardare sufficient for all the passengers and crew nowon board, but I found the crews of the boats thismorning efficient, and I have "given my sanctionfor the ship to proceed."One of the firemen told me that some of thecollapsible boats were unsatisfactory, but CaptainClark assured me that certainly none of the boatson the ship were in a faulty condition.He had one wooden boat and one collapsiblelowered to the water, manned and rowed before hewould certify the ship,It was about half-past one when the Olympicbegan to move, being led by a powerful tug.Simultaneously telegrams were dispatched toCowes and Portsmouth for firemen and trimmers,and it was understood that the Olympic wouldanchor between Netley and Cowcs till sufficientmen were available,THUMB THROUGH COLLAPSIBLE." We demanded wooden boats for everybody yesterday," said one of their spokesmen to me tonight. " We did not get them, so we refused tosail."Why, some of these collapsibles sent to theOlympic have the date 1902 on them and havenever been in the water. Ten years of storagemust have perished the collapsible material."One of us poked his thumb through it thismorning,"We are not cowards. We are doing a nationalservice in drawing attention to the inadequacy ofthese makeshift boats,"
ARE OLYMPIC FIREMEN DESERTERS?
Have the stokers who left the Olympic committed a punishable offence? Can they be prosecuted as deserters?The legal position as between shipowners andemployees was kindly explained to
yesterday by an experienced official'of theShipping Federation, Ltd." Under the Merchant Shipping Act shipownershave the power to prosecute seamen who deserttheir ship when they have signed on for a voyage,"he said."The firemen, trimmers and greasers who leftthe Olympic must have signed articles for thevoyage, and unless they can prove a real grievance they are punished in the usual way by theBoard of Trade."This takes the form of a black mark—'voyage-not completed'—in th^ continuous discharge books which does not improve their chanceof getting another job." Every seaman has his discharge book, whichis-his most valuable possession, as it recdrds hischaracter
every ship in which he haa seived.
FOR RELATIVES OF TITANIC HEROES.
'Daily Mail' Women's Fund Realises£27,876 in Six Days.
LADY'S JEWELS ON YIEW
Huddersfield Resident Offers to SellHis Pictures for Sailors* Relatives.GENEROUS CHILBllEN.
Day after day the women of England continueto pour in their tributes to the memory of theillustrious dead of the Titanic. And day afterday the splendid total swells for the benefit ofthe wives and children who have been left strickenbehind.By their magnificent efforts British women arcraising a national memorial to the heroes who, inthat dreadful last hour of death, made thesupreme sacrifice with invincible heroism. It isa memorial which is imperishable,The record, since
The Daily Mail
made its appeal, is:—'rhurs(l,iy £1,298 • Monday ^1^'^29Friday £1,100 Tiit^aday £24,126Saturday £7,433 IYesterday futther contributions brought the totalup to ^27,876.JEWELLERY ON VIEW,The jewellery which was sent by a lady fromCurragh Camp, Co. Kildare, to be disposed of forthe benefit of the fund was yesterday placed in thecentre of the window at
T/is Daily Mirror
Strand, London, W.C.The lady, it will be remembered, wrote quitesimply :^'- I have no money this quarter, but Iwish to send something to help those who havesuffered from the loss of the Titanic." And so shesent her jewellery.She was determined to do something for thefund and to show her practical gratitude, and soshe .sent sometliing which means more to mostwomen than mere money.The jewellerv reposes on a cushion in the window of
The Daily Mirror
Studios. There arethree pieces ; a beautiful diamond brooch in theshape of a swallow, a diamond and sapphire pendant and another enamelled and jewelled penilant.Messrs. J. W. Ben.son, Limited, the well-knownjewellers, who have restored the ornaments, statethat the diamond brooch and the diamond pendant are each worth ^25, and the enamelled pendant four guineas.OFFEBED HIS PICTUBE5.The moment the ornaments were placed in thewindow they began to attract a considerableamount of attention. Within five minutes of theirbeing placed there a substantial offer was madefor them. The first offer made for the smallerpendant was ^5.There will also be shown in the window of
The Daily Mirror
Studios to-day a coloured andnearly life-size picture of the heroic CaptainSmith, of the Titanic, on the bridge which henever deserted. It was the last photograph taken.before he left Southampton.Another offer which was made yesterday camefrom an old gentleman at Huddersfield. Hisgenerous and feeling letter also speaks for
it comes straight from the heart:—•I ha.ve no money, and ani very poor iuHt now; but I
have pictures. If iinyone would buy them the moneymay yo to the fund for the sailors' wives and children,God hless itnd help them. My heart swells with pridetor iny country.
One of the pictures is a water-colour by WilliamCallow; the other is " Castles in Spain," byDavid Roberts, R.A,NOVEL ADDITION TO FUND.A novel but very practical and satisfactory addition to the fund arrived in the shape of an amiable-looking plaster-of-Paris dog. It came all the wayfrom the Terminus Hotel, Ryde, and arrived fullto the brim with money.The cast contained exactly ^1 3s. OJd, in variousforms of coinage which had been contributed bythose in the hotel. Another dog is also beingbusily filled to repletion at the present time.The letters which continue to pour in show howdeeply touched the senders of subscriptions are,Many of them thank
Tht Daily Mail
for havinggiven them the opportunity to contribute. Ane.\ample of these comes from Bristol: —
As a woman, I feel most grateful to T/ie
for the speoial opportunity given us to contribute.
UNEMPLOYED WOMAN WORKER'S GIFT
A splendid letter comes from a girl—a womanchemist—at Eritli:—•
I enclose you an order (or 5s. tor the Titanic
I wish it were more, but I am out oi work just now,and so hare to look
Fire shillinga aeemH auolia drop in the ocean, but
woman chemist doesn't geta rury big screw.I think that the loss of the Titanic is an appalling
but, as every dark cloud haa a silver linhig,BO it has needed this awful catastrophe to show whatstuft our men are made of. Their magnificent courageand selt-sactifice must bring comfort to those who ar9left
I have drunk deep ot the waters of affliction
and know in these dark times of doubt and deapairwhat coneoltttJon it brings to the crushed heart to knowthat " they " died doing their duty and giving theirlives lor
Five shillings also comes as " A thankofferingfrom one whose husband made this perilousvoyage in safety only a week before the heartrending and terrible disaster,"—H. S. C, Sea-ford.And IQs. is-sent by " One whO'might have beena passenger."One letter which shows how deeply womenare feeling this national catastrophe comes from
H, H." with 3s.:-
It is all the money I hnvi>. My heart aches forall those pooi',
sorrow-stricken sfluls, 1 cstnand Will pray. I know that will do more for themthan anything else I can do,
Another letter, wfiich comes from Biarritx with
enclosed, spe;iks <if the musicians who behavedso heroically at the last: —
Miss Blanche G. Jennings send.i 1IM mite towards thefund for the women whoso reliitivcs piirisheil on theTitanic. She had no per."oiinl fricJuls on
but sheis proud of being
and glories In those " .-iea-mon musicians," the simple heroes who connted theirlives as
'I he subscription which was senl a day or twf»ago in the nmne of a little toy I'om has ilrawntwo other similar Idlers. One is : —In response to the appeal from the Uttle brown Pomin
W'iddic, a little broHu Pcni inBrighton, is Minding her mite to the Titanic
andslie, too, wishes that all little Ponjs will do this samein menjory of ni;i]iy brave heiuts that »re sleeping iuthe deep.The other is : —In memory of
a little pug doggie. It wouldIx! ao very nice it all other littlo dogs whc are reallyhappy would send .lomtlliing in memory of other littlaones that weru drowned—it is so
A pretty little letter runs ;—From a little girl whci lia."; not
but whohonour? othet girls' brothers who
tlieit lives soreadilyLittle schoolgirls all over the country are
ing in their small tributes in the most splendidway. Sometimes they club together and send it iu
Warwickshire,—From six sorrowful littlegirls and one little boy :—ye;irs. 6. d.Elsie May Brooljs 6 2Florence MiUicent Andrews 8 SKathleen Gladys Skinner 8 2Kthel Hannah Fourt 9 6Winifred Kdith Andrews 9 6Hilda Jessie Olga Hopkins 10 6William Barnes 4i 2RIC'S MITE.
A teaclier writes ;^
I teach a class of little girls on Sunday; it was theirwish to holp this
ao have sent it on with muchBympathy,The smallest contribution yesterday—a
penny--came irom " I'hic," wdio wrote: —I enclose for the Titanic Fund a halfpenny. Fatheranys it is not enouKh, but it is all I have.The men employed by the West London TaxlcabCompany, Kensington-square, have, in three days,collected as many pounds for the
response to the appeal made by Mr. Gunton, themanager of their gar^ige, and "
Thompson, the night
Among the latest contributions to the fund are : —£136
, £5 KAUH,chier's
of "Improper Peter '' at theGarrick Theatre,£60 Society of AmericanWomen in London,£50—Mr Walter Guinness,£46 15s—Mayoress ot
£45 12 -- SympathisingWorasn of Wcybiklgoper Mrs. Barnard'sCoramittte,£20-M, 0,£20-A
£10 EACH.Mrs. W. Jenkins,Mr.^, Geo,
Hon, Lady Murray,Mrs. K. Kenneth Wilson.Miss Eleanor Glyn,Mr.
of Gordinogg,£7 KACH.Rev, George 9c ho ley,Collected from the Women of Kempsey,
andEmployees of Messrs.Dudley and Co,2 6--P. A. C,£6—Mrs, Cowie and Glare.£5 10s, F,ACH,Efa (Surrey).Collected at St, George'sHouse, Vincent-square.£5 7
voluntaryoffering, per Rev, J. T.
FIVE GUINEAS EACH.Mrs. Oolls and Mrs.
Mrs Herbert Ingleby,T.
F. E. B.Arter
Mrs, G, Drew-Anderson,Mrs, P, Mycintyre-Evana.Mrs. Fred BellMra, Pelly.Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs, Philip M.Justice.Mrs. Charles W, Kirkby.Mrs,
Kitsch,£6 8£6G. M..Mr,
Mrs. Arthur Ran.del ph.Mrs. iJoorge
Mrs. C. Wilmot Sniith-
Cynthia Graham,Alfred Wat-Mn.Visixjuntess
Mrs, Charlas T, Douglas,W. A. iratton (Stratford).N. N. N.Anon (I'arisl.W, J), (Norwich),An Anglo-Indian.Mrs. Max
Mr. F. J. Railt (York),Mrs. F, 8t«phen.Lady Boston.Mrs. Walter licith.H, E, 8kepi>er (Pari,s),Mrs. Carlton Cross (Gil-lingllam, Horsetl,Counttws Aldenbury Bon-
Mrs. J, M,
Lady Henry Nevill,H N, L,Mrs. Hugh Fitton.,Ioan,E, A, N.Mra, Uott (U, Norwood),Mrs. 0, Moy (near Colchester),Mr.s, Follett Holt (Ityd«Park).Mrs, Arthur
Mrs. Lawrence Craven,
P. G. Ilixon.Mr,i, ,T. C, Kennedy andMrs. G. n, Armit^go(Montreuxl,Mrs, A, W, Gadefdou(Wclcroftl.Mrs, Robert Yeats (Kensington).H. M, E. and P. M. E,Lady Jloceen Ijona.
Austin T. Porritt(Btuhbins),Mrs. Barclay (R c a (,,Herts),Mrs. Percival (Tulse mill.Adelc B. Gibson IChesh^re)Miss K. M. Robertson(Belfast).Hannah Bharland (Bourne.mouth],Mrs. Newnham Smith.(Herefordshire).Anon [Putney Heath),
The Mansion House Fund amounted to ,£138,000yesterday. Among the latest contributions are :—The Dowager Grond Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz,^."iO;Readers of the
Devon and Exe.terDaily Gazette
(first instalment), per Major Grat-wicke, dE250 7.S, 8d. ; the Disconte-Gesellschaft and
J^li.'i lOs: Gd. ; and Collection at FoundlingHospital Chapel and among the Children, ^6X24
Id.The remackabltt ovidonce arivon at th»Titanic Inquiry at Waehingrton yesteirdayis reported in full on paa;e 4.TO-DAY'S WEATHER.Our special weather loroeast lor to-day is:—Moderat*
north-easterly bteeioa; fine and sunny; rather
• Lighting-«p time, 8.10 p,m. High water at London Biidge, 8,30 p,m,
Holbotn Circua, City.6 p.m.:
30.28in., Steady; tamperaturflveltfeg.;
very flue,Sea passages will ba modeiatt in tha i6uth and eaatfitaootli ~Ia~ the