Boat 3 (starboard) Edit

Around 32 people boarded Boat 3, with Able-Bodied Seaman George Moore put in charge by Murdoch.[1] Again, mostly women and children boarded, with a few men allowed in at the end.[2] They included Henry S. Harper, who was accompanied by his valet, dragoman and Pekingese dog, Sun Yat Sen.[3]

As happened many times that night, male passengers helped their wives and children to board and then stood back, accepting that they would go down with the ship.[2] A notable example was the railroad manager Charles Melville Hays who saw his wife into Boat 3 and then retreated, making no attempt to board any of the remaining lifeboats.[3] Margaret Brown later described the scene in an interview with The New York Times:

The whole thing was so formal that it was difficult for anyone to realise it was a tragedy. Men and women stood in little groups and talked. Some laughed as the boats went over the side. All the time the band was playing ... I can see the men up on deck tucking in the women and smiling. It was a strange night. It all seemed like a play, like a dream that was being executed for entertainment. It did not seem real. Men would say 'After you' as they made some woman comfortable and stepped back.[3]

The occupants included:

  • George Moore, able-bodied seaman put in charge of boat
  • Charlotte Drake Cardeza, a Philadelphia heiress who also brought into the boat her son and two servants
  • Henry S. Harper, owner of a New York City publishing firm also brought into the boat his wife, Myra, pekinese dog Sun Yat Sen and servant
  • The Spedens, wealthy family from philadelphia
  • Clara Hays, wife of wealthy Canadian Charles Melville Hays
  • Harry Anderson, a Wall Street stockbroker

Eleven crewmen were among the occupants of this boat.[2] It suffered the same problems with lowering that Boat 7 had encountered, with the lifeboat descending in fits and starts as the lowering ropes repeatedly stuck in the pulleys, but eventually reached the water safely.[4] After Titanic sank the lifeboat drifted, while the bored women passengers passed the time by bickering with each other over minor annoyances.[5] The occupants had a long wait in freezing conditions and were not rescued until about 7.30 am when the Carpathia arrived.[6]

Notes Edit

  1. Wormstedt & Fitch 2011, p. 137.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Eaton & Haas 1994, p. 151.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Butler 1998, p. 103.
  4. Butler 1998, p. 123.
  5. Butler 1998, p. 147.
  6. Wormstedt & Fitch 2011, p. 144.