Collapsible D is the ninth and last boat to be launched from the port side. Second Officer Lightoller manages to set Collapsible D on the davit of boat 2. He tries to find a woman to fill it, but has trouble finding it. Finally, he said, he filled the boat with 15-20 people, all of whom could be accommodated. Irrene Harris, a first class passenger, says had 19 people on board, the other 30 and Sailor Lucas says 44 people on board. Therefore, his criticism is quite correct. There's a photo of Collapsible D approaching the Carpathia, and about 30 people are seen; including about ten received from Lifeboat 14 the previous evening and also Mr. Björnström and Mr. Woolner, who got on the ship from the lower deck, as well as Frederick Hoyt, who accompanied his wife to the ship and then calculated where the ship was. He rowed and thought that if he jumped and swam in that direction, he would be picked up. He is right. They took him; the only person rescued from the water by the last boat away from the ship.
- "Mrs. Hoyt gave a concise account of the tragedy to her father. She did not leave her husband's side until the last boat was being lowered and then she was torn from him and thrown into a boat. Mr. Hoyt leaped into the water and seized a piece of wreckage. He was hauled into one of the lifeboats that returned when the Titanic went down. Mrs. Hoyt happened to be in this boat, but she did not know her husband was saved until they got aboard the Carpathia... "
- The Sun, April 23, 1912
There were probably about 20 or 22 (not quite half-filled) in it when he had been picked up. It is said that the two Navratil children were in this boat.
Based on a lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg
Occupants[edit | edit source]
- Erna Alexandra Andersson
- Maria Mathilda Backström
- Mauritz Hokan Björnström-Steffansson
- Arthur John Bright (in charge)
- Caroline Lane Brown
- Bridget Driscoll
- Joseph Pierre Duquemin
- Lily May Futrelle
- John Hardy
- Irene Harris
- Frederick Maxfield Hoyt
- Jane Anne Hoyt
- Annie Jane Jermyn
- Michael J. Joseph
- Mary Kelly
- William Arthur Lucas
- Edmond Roger Navratil
- Michel Marcel Navratil
- Berta Olivia Nilsson
- Gertrude Maybelle Thorne
- Heidi Schutlz
- Hugh Woolner
Popular Culture[edit | edit source]
After the chaos during the launching of Lifeboat 14, the crew starts to loaded Collapsible D, one of the 4 Collapsible Boats. During the loading, 6th Officer James Moody said to Caroline Lane Brown and Edith Corse Evans: " Sorry only one more lady". Edith Evans offers her place to Caroline Brown because she has children waiting at home.
The main characters from third class are seen boarding the lifeboat. Soon after, a mob of passengers, mainly third class men rush to the lifeboat, causing Murdoch to fire his gun in the air to control the crowd. He calls for any more women or children. Afterwards, Bruce Ismay steps into the lifeboat, watched by Captain Smith on the bridge wing (he actually escaped in Collapsible C).
During the launching of Collapsible D, Bruce Ismay steps into the lifeboat and was protested by some third class woman. Later, Collapsible D joined with Lifeboat 14 and Lifeboat 10 waiting for the Carpathia.
Shortly after the launching of Collapsible C, Rose reluctantly enters a lifeboat after being persuaded to by Jack & Cal. However, she decides she prefers to stay on board with Jack and jumps back on the sinking Titanic. The Collapsible is seen again after the sinking, where Fifth Officer Lowe brings the boats together and plans to transfer over passengers so he can return to rescue people in the water.
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