Lifeboat 7 was a wooden starboard lifeboat and the first one to be lowered from the sinking Titanic. Although there was a capacity of 65 people, it left with only 28 people on board, thus with 37 empty seats. The reason why was that many women and children were reluctant to enter a small wooden lifeboat and preferred to stay on the massive 'unsinkable', but sinking, Titanic.
Quartermaster Rowe saw the boat in the water from the aft bridge. He was still on duty like nothing happened and was forgotten by his colleagues. But when he spotted the lifeboat, he rang the bridge to ask them if they knew that a lifeboat was launched at starboard side. Next thing he knew he was on the bridge with a box full of pyrotechnic distress fireworks, and the first one was shot at 12:47 A.M.
Occupants[edit | edit source]
There were 28 people in Lifeboat 7, including these 26:
- Dickinson H. Bishop
- Helen Bishop
- Henry Blank
- Paul Romaine Marie Léonce Chevré
- Harriette Rebecca Crosby
- Catherine Elizabeth Crosby
- Olive Earnshaw
- Antoinette Flegenheim
- Dorothy Winifred Gibson
- Pauline Caroline Gibson
- William Bertram Greenfield
- Blanche Greenfield
- Margaret Bechstein Hays
- George Alfred Hogg (in charge)
- Archie Jewell
- Pierre Maréchal
- James Robert McGough
- Alfred Nourney
- Alfred Fernand Omont
- Lily Alexenia Potter
- Frederic Kimber Seward
- William Thompson Sloper
- John Pillsbury Snyder
- Nelle Snyder
- Gilbert Milligan jr Tucker
- William Clifford Weller
In Popular Culture[edit | edit source]
Lifeboat 7 is seen being launched in quite a few of the films, all the way back to the first films.
In the 1912 German movie In Nacht Und Eis, a few sailors are seen preparing a lifeboat marked with a No. 7.
In the 1953 movie, an officer calls with a megaphone for able bodied men to help free a lifeboat. As it turns out, Lifeboat 7 has rope issues, but Giff Rogers climbs down the rope and frees the lifeboat. But as he is climbing back on board Titanic, he slips and falls into the water. Despite this, he is pulled aboard and helps the seamen row.
In the 1958 movie, Lifeboat 7 is shown when a hysterical woman is being loaded on board. We see it again as it is rowing away, with boats 5 and 3 being lowered. What is noticeable in these boats is that they are only leaving half full.
In the 1996 mini-series, Lifeboat 7 is correctly shown as the first boat launched where the Foley's enter the boat with Hazel's dog Charlie. What is inaccurate is Alice Cleaver and Trevor Allison boarding the lifeboat. (They actually escaped in Lifeboat 11)
In the 1997 movie, while Lifeboat 7 is correctly depicted as the first lifeboat launched, it is incorrectly depicted as nearly spilling its passengers into the Atlantic, a process that actually occurred to Lifeboat 5.
Fictional Occupants[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
|Emergency Lifeboat 1 · Emergency Lifeboat 2 · Lifeboat 3 · Lifeboat 4 · Lifeboat 5 · Lifeboat 6 · Lifeboat 7 · Lifeboat 8 · Lifeboat 9 · Lifeboat 10 · Lifeboat 11 · Lifeboat 12 · Lifeboat 13 · Lifeboat 14 · Lifeboat 15 · Lifeboat 16 · Collapsible A · Collapsible B · Collapsible C · Collapsible D|