Collapsible lifeboat C was the ninth and last boat lowered on the starboard side. It was also the first collapsible lifeboat to be lowered. Chief Officer Wilde and First Officer Murdoch oversaw the launching.

Bruce Ismay had been quite active on the starboard side all night, assisting passengers into boats, more or less urging them to get away. Now, he was standing close to the collapsible lifeboat C, which had been fitted into the empty davits after lifeboat 1, which had left 20-30 minutes earlier. Those near the boat seem to have been third-class passengers, many from the Middle East. Quartermaster Rowe had been assisting with the Morse lamp, trying to contact ships in the vicinity and with firing rockets.

When about 25-28 women and children had been assisted into the boat, Wilde ordered five crew in, as well as quartermaster Rowe. Seeing there were a few seats still free, Ismay and another first-class passenger, William Carter, who had left his family at lifeboat 4, entered it and the boat was lowered away. Mr. Ismay was later heavily criticized for his escape and he was portrayed as Brute Ismay in some newspapers. Some have theorized that he jumped into the boat, despite there being women still near boat C. Others claim there were none, and his escape was justified; he was a passenger just like any other passenger. Be that as it may, he survived, working at an oar, his back to the ship so as to avoid having to watch the end. Boat C was probably lowered away about 20 minutes before the ship sank.

While rowing away from the ship four Chinese third-class passengers were discovered in the bottom of the boat. Mrs. Goldsmith noticed them along with other passengers and they told QM Rowe in charge about them. Mrs. Goldsmith thought there were 30 women, five crew and four Chinese and her son in the boat. QM Rowe thought there were 39 and Bruce Ismay estimated 40-45 in the boat.

In all likelihood, there were just under 50 people in the boat. They picked up nobody from the sea and possibly reached the Carpathia as the tenth or twelfth boat.

Based on a summary by Peter Engberg


  1. Mary Sophie Halaut Abrahim
  2. Mariana Assaf
  3. Bannūrah Ayyūb-Dāhir
  4. Eugenie Baclini
  5. Helene Barbara Baclini
  6. Marie Catherine Baclini
  7. Latifa Baclini
  8. Emily Louisa Badman
  9. Lee Bing
  10. William Ernest Carter
  11. Chang Chip
  12. Margaret Delia Devaney
  13. Frederick Doel
  14. Shawneene George/Joseph
  15. Frank John William Goldsmith
  16. Emily Alice Goldsmith
  17. Ling Hee
  18. Hilda Maria Hellström
  19. May Elizabeth Howard
  20. Albert Sylvanus Hunt
  21. Abraham Joseph Hyman
  22. Sāfiyah Ibrāhīm
  23. Joseph Bruce Ismay
  24. Anna ("Mary") Joseph
  25. Catherine Joseph
  26. Thomas Knowles
  27. Ali Lam
  28. Christopher Mills
  29. Jirjis Mubārik
  30. Halīm Mubārik
  31. Amīnah Mubārik
  32. Fatīmah Muhammad Muslamānī
  33. Adele "Jane" Najib Kiamie
  34. Mariayam Nakid
  35. Sa'īd Antūn Nakid
  36. Wadi'ah Nakid
  37. Ilyās Nīqūla Yārid
  38. Jamilah Nīqūla Yārid
  39. Velin Öhman
  40. Albert Victor Pearcey
  41. Sarah Roth
  42. Quartermaster Rowe (in charge)
  43. Anna Kristine Salkjelsvik
  44. Amy Zillah Elsie Stanley
  45. Jirjis Yūsuf Tu'mah
  46. Mariyam Tu'mah
  47. Hinnah Tu'mah
  48. Selini Yazbeck

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Unknown lifeboat

Lifeboat launching sequence

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