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Titanic Survivors of Lifeboats Ten, Eleven, and Twelve

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There were Twenty Lifeboats aboard the Titanic on that fateful journey that ended so disastrously. The ship was built with all the most up to date safety measures however there were only enough lifeboats to carry a fraction of the passengers and crew should the unthinkable happen which did happen.

Had the twenty been used as intended they could have carried 1,178 of the 2,224 on board. The total number of survivors on the night of 14-15 April 1912 was only 706.

The aim of this group of projects is to list those survivors linked to the lifeboat they were rescued in so that we can get a clearer picture of who experienced that nightmare together and what their reactions were under such severe stress and fear.

This project will list those survivors who were in Lifeboats One, Two, and Three and attempt to describe the unthinkable nightmare they would have experienced, though mere words will be inadequate.

Order of Lifeboat Launches

  1. Boat 7 (starboard)
  2. Boat 5 (starboard)
  3. Boat 3 (starboard)
  4. Boat 8 (port)
  5. Boat 1 (starboard)
  6. Boat 6 (port)
  7. Boat 16 (port)
  8. Boat 14 (port)
  9. Boat 12 (port)
  10. Boat 9 (starboard)
  11. Boat 11 (starboard)
  12. Boat 13 (starboard)
  13. Boat 15 (starboard)
  14. Boat 2 (port)
  15. Boat 10 (port)
  16. Boat 4 (port)
  17. Collapsible Boat C (starboard)
  18. Collapsible Boat D (port)
  19. Collapsible Boat B (port)
  20. Collapsible Boat A (starboard)

Lifeboat Ten

Lifeboat 10 was amongst the last to be launched. Able-Bodied Seaman Edward Buley was put in charge by Murdoch. Its situation on the portside as the Titanic was listing to port made boarding the boat increasingly perilous. . One young French woman's attempt to jump fell short and her heart must have been in her mouth when she dropped into the gap instead of into the lifeboat. She was dragged back up and her second attempt was a success. As it became very clear that the Titanic was in its last throes the urgency to load the lifeboats increased and people started to push children into boat 10 even to the extent that one baby was literally thrown into the boat and caught by a woman already aboard. The youngest Titanic passenger and the last remaining survivor, Millvina Dean was aboard boat 10. Although it is thought to have 35 on board as it was launched and two people were transferred to another lifeboat by the time it was rescued by the Carpathia at 8:00 am, being the second boat rescued, there were 55 aboard.

Occupants

Lifeboat Eleven

Boat 11 was the eleventh boat launched. Its loading on the starboard side of the Titanic was managed by Murdoch who lowered the boat at about 1:35 am. By this time with the increasing urgency boats were being filled closer to their capacity and boat 11 was launched with approximately 70 people. One of the strangest survivors of the Titanic disaster is a toy pig music box give to Edith Rosenbaum by her mother as a good luck charm. It seems it worked as she was reluctant to board boat 11 but a crew member mistook the pig for a baby and threw it into the boat and Rosenbaum leaped in after it. The Carpathia met Boat 11 at about 7:00 am.

Occupants

  • Able Seaman Walter T Brice
  • Steward James Witter, was knocked into the boat by a hysterical woman whom he was helping aboard as it was lowered
  • Edith Louise Rosenbaum, a Paris-based correspondent for Women's Wear Daily
  • Nellie Becker
  • son of Nellie Becker
  • younger daughter of Nellie Becker (eldest daughter, Ruth was directed to boat 13)
  • Sidney James Humphreys

Lifeboat Twelve

Boat 12 was lowered by LIghtoller and Wilde at about 1:30 am with about 30 passengers and manned by initially only by Able-Bodied Seaman Frederick Clench later put in the charge of Able Seaman John Poigndestre who had to cut through the ropes with a knife when they experienced difficulty unhooking the boat from the falls. A number of passengers were transferred from other boats to boat 12 after the sinking so that by the time it was rescued by the Carpathia at about 8:15 (the last)it was heavily overloaded with about 69 people on board.

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