Boat 13 (starboard) Edit

Painting of lifeboats being lowered down the side of Titanic, with one lifeboat about to be lowered on top of another one in the water. A third lifeboat is visible in the background.

After being lowered into the sea, Boat 13 drifted under the descending Boat 15 (as depicted by Charles Dixon)

Boat 13 was partly filled from the Boat Deck and partly from A Deck after it had been lowered to that level when it was launched under the supervision of Murdoch and Moody at 1:40 am. Again, it was heavily occupied, with about 55 people aboard and Leading Fireman Frederick Barrett in charge.[1] The occupants were mainly Second and Third Class women and children, with some men also aboard including Lawrence Beesley, who subsequently wrote a popular book about the disaster[2] . Dr. Washington Dodge was also aboard, having earlier seen his wife and child aboard Boat 5. He owed his presence aboard the boat to the apparent guilty feelings of Steward F. Dent Ray, who had urged the Dodges to sail on Titanic in the first place. Just before Boat 5 was lowered, Ray bundled Dodge aboard.[3] Others did not want to board at all. A woman on deck became hysterical, crying: "Don't put me in that boat! I don't want to go in that boat! I've never been in an open boat in my life!" Ray told her: "You have got to go and you may as well keep quiet."[4]

While it was being lowered the lifeboat was nearly caught by "an enormous stream of water, three or four feet in diameter"[5] coming from the condenser exhaust which was being produced by the pumps, far below, trying to expel the water that was flooding into Titanic. The occupants had to push the boat clear using their oars and spars and reached the water safely. The wash from the exhaust caused the lifeboat to drift under Boat 15, which was being lowered almost simultaneously. Its lowering was halted just in time, with only a few feet to spare. The falls aboard Boat 13 jammed and had to be cut free to allow the boat to get away safely from the side of Titanic.[6] A few hours later the occupants saw the Carpathia coming to their rescue and began rowing towards it to an accompaniment of the song "Pull for the Shore, Sailor."[7] They were picked up at about 6:30 am.[1]

Notes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wormstedt & Fitch 2011, p. 140.
  2. Balls, John (2012). Lucky for Some - Titanic's Lifeboat 13 and its Passengers. Stenlake Publishing. pp. 40. ISBN 978-1-84033-590-3. 
  3. Butler 1998, p. 112.
  4. Butler 1998, p. 118.
  5. Dodge, Washington (15 April 2012). "Survivors share lifeboat; descendants share local ties". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  6. Butler 1998, p. 119.
  7. Butler 1998, p. 153.