Daily News from New York, New York on November 20, 1928 · 188
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Daily News from New York, New York · 188

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Tuesday, November 20, 1928
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DAILY NEWS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1223 SHIP ONLY 35 MILES FROM VES 6 TRIS MOTHER LINER, 180 MILES OFF, KEPT ON COURSE (Continued from page t, eot. i) been calling the Ve.tria for several hours succeeded in establishing contact, code messages W" ex" tbanged: "Anything to communicate! , a led the Voltaire. "Nothing to communicate," said the Vestris. : Ten a. m. came, and a rush of pleas for help from the Vestris. : Day was little more than half done when Capt. Carey's vessel rolled slowly to its side ana sanK. And a steamer with wireless equipment was only - thirty-five miles away when the SOS crackled forth. Ship Off Azores SendsSOS A wireless call for immediate assistance was sent out early today by the Danish freighter Alexandra in distress off the Azores. The first SOS from her was received by the Marconi station at San Miguel in the Azores and was picked up here by the Kadiomarine corporation. The Alexandra reported her position as off Fayal, but did not reveal what trouble had overtaken her. It is thought her plight was due to heavy weather. The vesselhas a crew of about 35 men. Find Secret Messages. Such was the picture of the worst north Atlantic disaster in recent years, at the close of yesterday's session of the federal inquiry being conducted by U. S. Attorney Charles II. Tuttle. It was a picture clarified by the introduction of many long-sought f YVi - - , i Charles II. Tuttle radio messages. Yet, illuminating as they were, these messages brought with them further elements of mystery, to make more complicated Tuttle's search for the truth. For instance, the U. S. attorney learned the Voltaire had tried time and again, both on Sunday and the ' day of the sinking, to reach the j Vestris through the air, yet when; it succeeded three times, the only i messages were: "Nothing to com- j municate. The facts concerning the Vol-i taire and the Giorgio Ohlsen were; developed in United States At-i torney Charles EL Tuttle's investi- j ration of the disaster. It was re-! sealed that the S. S. Ohlsen bad re- j ported its bearings to a land sta- j tion, when a general call had been j sent out to ascertain what ships! were near the Vestris. Whether the Ohlsen, a slow ship, ' did not hear Capt. Carey's SOS,: or whether the skipper considered his craft too siow to reach the scene in time, remained unexplained. Capt. E. P. Jessup, jnewly-ap-pointed American technical adviser after the j hearing that the Giorgio Ohlaen relatively smaii, may nave vctim able to make no more than five knots an hour in the storm that was raging, and thus would be six or more hours distant too far for the help that was needed. Two Ships Nearer. Capt. H. A. T. Candy of the California explained last night that his ship was being buffeted by the storm which wrecked the Vestris when the tatter's distress call filtered into the radio room. "The Santa Barbara and the Japanese steamer; Ohio Maru, were both nearer the Vestris than the California." Candy said. The Ohio Maru was only sixty miles away. "Our ship was being damaged by the storm. The wind was of hurricane force. Our ventilators were blown away, our foretops and rails on several decks were broken. "We thought that other vessels nearer the scene would be able to handle the situation." Radio logs from ships and land stations for the first time were pieced together to make a connected story at yesterday's session before Commissioner rrancis A. O'NeilL Arthur J. Costigan. traffic superintendent of the Radiomarine corporation, produced the records 01 K. C A. stations. He was questioned by Tuttle. Q. Did you find messages regarding the Vestris on Sunday? A. Only this a weather report. Q- If that exhausts your mes sages for Sunday, except for pri vate messages, well take Monday. Read the first entrv on Mondav. A. 9:10 a. m. Monday, Nov. 12, vesina called Tuckerton, N. J., "We are heeling over and may need immediate assistance. Please keep close watch for broadcast calL" At 9:58 Vestris sent SOS and said, "We are heeling over thirty-one degrees on starboard side. Send immediate assistance." Two. minutes later Tuckerton .broadcast the calL At 10:02 Tuck-i erton asked the Vestri' position. At 10:08 Vestris answered. At 10:15 that was broadcast with re-I quest for ships in that vicinity to ( stand by.; At 11.10 Tuckerton had collected position reports of ships. Spoke Italian Ship. s Ai 1 :29 the Vestris' signals faded out, then came in very . faintly: "We are going to abandon ship in few minutes. Getting lifeboats ready." At 1 : 30 the Vestris said: "We are abandoning ship now." Costigan's reading of the messages indicated that the steamer Ohlsen at 10:02 a. m. Monday, was thirty-five miles away, ana there was a record of a communication sent by the Vestris to the Giorgio Olsen at 11 a. m. asking the latter's bearings. Herbert G. Welland, 23. third officer of the Vestris. was ques- Special Low Fare EXCURSION Sunday. Nov. 25 WASHINGTON $S BALTIMORE l-.N.Y. (litMOT St 11.01 A.M. Lv.Vrxv Cirr 12.lt A.M. L. H..c.n ( W ,h St.) I2.J5A.M. Lr. Newark Broad. Sc. 11.14 A.M. l-.rrr St. 12.ISA.M. Et Vrm S. 1 2.20 A. M. L.rlitahrB 12.4CA.M. t. Pauaaeld I .OO A.M. HftMrwiMf, ira. WjuliiKgtoa 4.10 P. M., K..lim (Camera Sio. 5.10 P.M., (Ml. il.val Ma.) 5.1 S P.M., Sanaa) EASTERN STANDARD TIMS Baltimore & Ohio The Martin Trumpet The Aristocrat of Trumpets Used in symphony, opera, concert and popular orches tras and bands ,the world over. for hrmontni SatUfactimm BUY A MARTIN It's better bee a us ft' built by band. Ninety Dollars and tip including Plusb Lined Case FREE LESSONS SMALL. atONTIl.X PaXMSMTa VURUIZER 120 West 42nd St. Irtiia Broadway Sixth in OFEH EVENINGS tloned" by Capt Jessup, after Tattle repeated queries failed to elicit much helpful information. Capt. Jessup's interest was heightened in this witness when he learned that Welland was in charge of the lifeboats. Welland stoutly defended the lifeboats and their equipment and swore they were all in good condition. Welland told Capt. Jessup that each lifeboat he saw had an officer in charge, contrary to passengers' stories. Log Shews Calls. The radio lee- 0 the Vln.i showed that vessel msda sttcmnts to communicate with the Vestris from Saturday on. rettino rwilio at 6:09 a. m. Sunday, 5:19 p. m. Sunday, and 4:56 a. m. Monday. I The Voltaire's calls were numerous Sunday night, but the reason not explained. A second government inquiry will begin today at the customs house. 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