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12.45 a.m.

Lifeboat No. 7

Loading Officer: First Officer William McMaster Murdoch (+ Lowe).
Under Command Of: Lookout George Alfred Hogg.

Notes: First lifeboat to be lowered.

12.55 a.m.

Lifeboat No. No. 5

Loading Officer: Fifth Officer Harold Godfrey Lowe.
Under Command Of: Third Officer Herbert Pitman.

Notes: As the lifeboat is being lowered, Dr. Henry William Frauenthal and his brother Isaac Gerald Frauenthal jump into it, dislocating a couple of Annie May Stengel's ribs.

12.55 a.m.

Lifeboat No. 6

Loading Officer: Second Officer Charles Lightoller.
Under Command Of: Quartermaster Robert Hichens.

Notes: Arthur Godfrey Peuchen, a keen yachtsman, was ordered down the falls by Charles Lightoller when it is discovered there is only one sailor aboard the lifeboat.

01.00 a.m.

Lifeboat No. 3

Loading Officer: First Officer William McMaster Murdoch (+ Lowe).
Under Command Of: Seaman George Alfred Moore.

Notes: About ten firemen were allowed to board No. 3 as the women close by seemed reluctant to get into the boat.

01.00 a.m.

Lifeboat No. 1

Loading Officer: First Officer William McMaster Murdoch (+ Lowe).
Under Command Of: Lookout George Thomas Macdonald Symons.

Notes: Of all the events that took place that night, the loading of this lifeboat will forever remain a source of anger and mystery. It contained an incredibly low amount of people, made-up of five First Class passengers, and seven crew, a ridiculous balance. The fact that not only Cosmo Edmund Duff Gordon and Lady Duff-Gordon were aboard this lifeboat, but also their secretary, Laura Mabel Francatelli, made it very difficult for Cosmo Edmund Duff Gordon in the years to come. He didn't help matters by offering each crewman five pounds, ostensibly to replace their lost kits, but it looked to many like a pay-off to keep the crewmen quiet, and it would take years for Cosmo Edmund Duff Gordon to clear his name.

01.10 a.m.

Lifeboat No. No. 8

Loading Officer: Second Officer Charles Lightoller.
Under Command Of: Seaman Thomas William Jones.

Notes: As the lifeboat was lowered, it was pointed out by Captain Smith that there were only two crewmen aboard, so two seamen were ordered to assist in manning the lifeboat.

01.20 a.m.

Lifeboat No. No. 10

Loading Officer: Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller (+ Moody).
Under Command Of: Seaman Edward John Buley.

01.20 a.m.

Lifeboat No. 9

Loading Officer: First Officer William McMaster Murdoch (+ Moody).
Under Command Of: Bosun's Mate Albert M. Haines

01.25 a.m

Lifeboat No. No. 12

Loading Officer: Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller (+ Lowe).
Under Command Of: Seaman John Thomas Poigndestre.

Notes: The majority of the people aboard lifeboat No. 12 were Second Class women.

01.30 a.m.

Lifeboat No. 14

Loading Officer: Fifth Officer Harold Godfrey Lowe (+Wilde).
Under Command Of: Fifth Officer Harold Godfrey Lowe.

Notes: After the sinking, Lowe gathered together lifeboats 4, 10, 12 and Collapsible D. He distributed his passengers amongst the other four boats, and then returned to the area where Titanic had sunk to pick up more survivors. He found only 4 men, and one of these, William Hoyt, would die not long after being rescued. By the time it was light, Lowe came across Collapsible A, which had taken on a lot of water when it floated free of the sinking ship. He pulled alongside and took off the survivors into lifeboat No. 14.

01.30 a.m.

Lifeboat No. No. 13

Loading Officer: Sixth Officer James Moody.
Under Command Of: Leading Fireman Frederick William Barrett.

01.35 a.m.

Lifeboat No. No. 16

Loading Officer: Sixth Officer James Moody.
Under Command Of: Master At Arms Joseph Henry Bailey.

Notes: Joseph Henry Bailey was ordered down the falls when Moody realized that the lifeboat was undermanned, and he assumed command of the boat.

01.35 a.m.

Lifeboat No. No. 15

Loading Officer: First Officer William McMaster Murdoch (+ Moody).
Under Command Of: Fireman Frank Dymond.

Notes: This lifeboat carried mainly Third Class passengers, together with a large amount of Stewards. As the lifeboat was lowered, it nearly came to land on top of No. 13, which was still attached to the falls, and drifting underneath No. 15, and shouted warnings to the officers above went unheard. No. 13's crew managed to cut the falls free just in time to avoid an embarrassing accident.

01.40 a.m.

Lifeboat Collapsible C

Loading Officer: Chief Officer Henry Wilde (+ Murdoch).
Under Command Of: Quartermaster George Thomas Rowe.

Notes: Joseph Bruce Ismay, President of the White Star Line, stepped aboard Collapsible C just as it was about to be lowered. It would tarnish his reputation for the rest of his life, and for a long time afterwards too, and the fact that many other men from had stood back would make his actions even harder to justify. In America, particularly, he was pilloried, often referred to as 'Brute' Ismay, but when he returned to England, he was warmly welcomed. Many people pointed out that had he stayed on-board to meet his fate, it would have been yet another death.

01.45 a.m.

Lifeboat No. No. 2

Loading Officer: First Officer William McMaster Murdoch.
Under Command Of: Fourth Officer Joseph Groves Boxhall.

01.45 a.m.

Lifeboat No. No. 11

Loading Officer: First Officer William McMaster Murdoch.
Under Command Of: Quartermaster Sidney James Humphreys.

Notes: As this lifeboat is being lowered with about 20 stewards and stewardesses aboard, Murdoch realises that there are no sailors aboard to man it, so he sends Quartermaster Sidney James Humphreys and Seaman Walter T. Brice down the falls, where Sidney James Humphreys then assumes command of the lifeboat.

01.55 a.m.

Lifeboat No. No. 4

Loading Officer: Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller.
Under Command Of: Quartermaster Walter John Perkis.

Notes: Charles Lightoller had loaded this boat almost entirely with ladies, with just a couple of young boys aboard. He had also only put one crewman aboard, so, realising his mistake, he sent down Quartermaster Walter John Perkis and Seaman William McCarthy down the falls, where Walter John Perkis assumes command. Charles Lightoller orders him to take the boat to the aft gangway doors in order to take on more passengers, but these doors were never opened. While waiting, two more people lowered themselves down the now empty falls of No. 16. Greaser Ranger made it safely into the boat, but Greaser Scott fell into the water, and had to be pulled into the boat. Walter John Perkis orders the boat pulled away from the sinking ship, and is the closest lifeboat to Titanic when she finally sinks. Seven swimmers make it to the boat, and are pulled aboard, but 2 of them would die in the night.

02.05 a.m.

Lifeboat Collapsible D

Loading Officer: Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller.
Under Command Of: Quartermaster Arthur John Bright

Notes: Collapsible D was lowered with only 22 people, but two more passengers, Mauritz Hakan Bjornstom Steffansson and Hugh Woolner, jumped into the lifeboat as it was being lowered. Frederick Maxfield Hoyt was then pulled from the water just after the boat hit the water. After the sinking, Collapsible D was gathered together with boats Nos. 4, 10, 12 and 14, and a further 10 people were taken aboard, whilst Seaman William A. Lucas was transferred to No. No. 12.

02.20 a.m.

Lifeboat Collapsible Collapsible A

Notes: Collapsible A was stowed on the roof of the officers quarters on the starboard side. It had been dropped down to the deck, and had been attached to the falls under the davits used by lifeboats No. 1 and Collapsible C. But before it could be loaded, Titanic's bow surged down, threatening to take the lifeboat with it. Steward Brown and another man leapt into the boat and managed to cut the falls, before another wave washed the people aboard the collapsible out, and swamping it. Even though the canvas sides were down, and the vessel was partly flooded, about 20 people managed to climb aboard. But they had to kneel or stand in the freezing water, or simply hang-on to the side of the boat whilst still in the water, and by morning, there would only be 12 survivors, picked up by Lowe in No. 14. He left the bodies of 3 dead men in the flooded boat, and allowed the boat to drift free. It was a surprise when it was found by the White Star liner Oceanic a month later. It was taken aboard, and the bodies were buried at sea, whilst the battered Collapsible A was taken to join the others in New York.

02.20 a.m.

Lifeboat Collabsible Collapsible B

Under Command Of: Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller.

Notes: Collapsible B was stowed on the roof of the officers quarters on the port side. A group of men tried to lower the lifeboat down to the deck, but it landed upside down. An attempt to right the lifeboat and attach it to the davits failed as Titanic surged down at the bow, and the wave it created swept the boat, together with the men working on it overboard. Many men managed to climb aboard the upturned vessel, which was in danger of sinking virtually all of the night. Many people were turned away from climbing aboard due to the fear of it sinking from the weight of too many passengers. The survivors were later transferred to boats No, 4 and 12.

 

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