Lifeboat 13 was the 7th lifeboat to be lowered from the starboard side of the Titanic.

Lowering Edit

It 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 1:15 A.M.. Again, it was heavily occupied, with over 65 people aboard. Leading Fireman Frederick Barrett was put in charge[1] by boatswain Alfred Nichols. 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]

Near-disaster Edit

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, attempting to purge 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 directly 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]

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Lifeboat 13 attempts to row away in Titanic (1997)

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From right to left, boats 9, 11, and 13 are swung out to be loaded in A Night To Remember.

Rescue Edit

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]

Passengers & crew aboard Edit

  1. Leah Aks
  2. Johan Charles Asplund
  3. Percy Ball
  4. Frederick Barrett (in charge)
  5. George William Beauchamp
  6. Ruth Elizabeth Becker
  7. Lawrence Beesley
  8. Bridget Bradley
  9. Daniel Buckley
  10. Charles Burgess
  11. Arthur Victor Edwards Burrage
  12. Alden Gates Caldwell
  13. Albert Francis Caldwell
  14. Sylvia Mae Caldwell
  15. E. Joseph Colgan
  16. Catherine Connolly
  17. James Crimmins
  18. Mary Davies Wilburn
  19. Anna De Messemaeker
  20. Washington Dodge
  21. Elizabeth Dowdell
  22. Virginia Ethel Emmanuel
  23. Wilfred Cyril Foley
  24. Choong Foo
  25. Albert Ernest Fryer
  26. Mary Agatha Glynn
  27. Mary Dunbar Hewlett
  28. Robert John Hopkins
  29. Bernt Johannes Johannesen
  30. Einar Gervasius Karlsson
  31. George Knight
  32. Aurora Adelia Landergren
  33. Reginald Robinson Lee
  34. Alexander James Littlejohn
  35. Fridtjof Arne Madsen
  36. William James Major
  37. Paul Achille Maurice Germain Maugé
  38. Bridget Delia McDermott
  39. Mary McGovern
  40. Anna Louise McGowan
  41. Bentley Harold Neal
  42. Helmina Josefina Nilsson
  43. Anna Sofia Nysten
  44. Hanora O'Leary
  45. Artur Karl Olsen
  46. Percy Thomas Oxenham
  47. Frank Port
  48. Frederick Dent Ray
  49. Lucy Ridsdale
  50. Hannah Riordan
  51. Horace Leopold Ross
  52. Beatrice Irene Sandström
  53. Marguerite Rut Sandström
  54. Agnes Charlotta Sandström
  55. Ellen Shine
  56. Hilda Mary Slayter
  57. Julia Smyth
  58. Johan Cervin Svensson
  59. Gunnar Isidor Tenglin
  60. David Vartanian
  61. Philip Francis Vigott
  62. Walter John Williams
  63. Alfred Edgar Windebank
  64. William Wright

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Lifeboat launching sequence

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. p. 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.
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