Preliminary [And Final] Report[s] of the Commissioners, Minutes of Evidence, and Appendix [Etc.] Volume 2

Preliminary [And Final] Report[s] of the Commissioners, Minutes of Evidence, and Appendix [Etc.] Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...of the loss and not give the court any power of punishing the owner or the master, the great object of these in 34000. quiries being as we are told, to throw light upon improvements which might be adopted with the view of saving life and property in future P-Yes. 17,436. That being the main object, would not it be better to frame the whole procedure with a view of carrying out that object only?--1 think it would if you go a step further and provide the means of meeting a case of gross misconduct on the part of the muster. 17,437. The cause of loss would be ascertained, then a report would be sent to the Board of Trade, and if there were, as probably you would say there ought to be, a public prosecutor, he would prosecute the master if it had been found that he had been negligent, or prosecute the look-out man if he had been asleep when on the watch; that would be a more-sensible procedure, would it not?---I was leading up to that when I said I would go a step further. 17,438. Then there would be no difiiculty examining and cross-examining the master. Your experience must have told you that it is very often of extreme importance that the master's evidence should be thoroughly sifted. I do not say by cross-examiuation, but that he should be put in the box and made to explain from beginning to end all the facts?--Yes. 17,439. That is not done generally; he generally hands in a written statement which has been generally prepared by counsel; he is not cross-examined at all, so that a most plausible colour is always given to all he has done?--Yes; practically that is so. 17,440. (C/tairman.) You would not have this court of inquiry to punish anyone, but only report upon the result of the inquiry?--I should accede to that in so many words...show more

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  • Paperback | 754 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 38mm | 1,320g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236878620
  • 9781236878625