Boat 11 (starboard) Edit

Boat 11 was lowered under Murdoch's supervision at 1:35 am with Able-Bodied Seaman Sidney Humphreys in charge. By now the lifeboats were being filled much closer to their capacity, and it is estimated to have had about fifty people aboard.[1] One occupant, Steward James Witter, had not intended to board but was knocked into it by a hysterical woman whom he was helping aboard while it was being lowered.[2] First Class passenger Edith Louise Rosenbaum brought along her lucky toy pig, which played the Maxixe. She had wrapped it in a blanket to protect it but was too frightened to enter the lifeboat; thinking it was a baby, a steward took it and tossed it to one of the women already aboard. Rosenbaum could not bear the thought of losing the pig and boarded the lifeboat to retrieve it.[3] Both Rosenbaum and the pig survived; it is now part of the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London.[4]

On reaching the water, the lifeboat was nearly swamped by a jet of water being pumped out of Titanic in a futile bid to stem the ship's progressive flooding. Tempers flared among the crowded passengers, some of whom had to stand, as the lifeboat was rowed away from the ship.[5] Rosenbaum used her toy pig to entertain the children aboard.[3] The lifeboat was met by Carpathia at about 7:00 am.[6]

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