Boat 8 was a lifeboat loaded under the supervision of Second Officer Lightoller and launched at about 1:20 am, with Captain Smith and Chief Officer Wilde also participating.

Isidor and Ida Straus, who refused to board a lifeboat while there were younger people still waiting to board

Ida Straus was asked to join a group of people preparing to board but refused, saying: "I will not be separated from my husband Isidor Straus. As we have lived, so will we die – together." The 67-year-old Isidor likewise refused an offer to board on account of his age, saying: "I do not wish any distinction in my favour which is not granted to others." Both Isidor and Ida were last seen on deck sitting in deck chairs holding hands when a huge wave washed them into the sea.[1] Major Archibald Butt, a military aide and friend of US President William Howard Taft, brought to the boat Marie Young, who had been a governess to the children of President Theodore Roosevelt. She later recalled that he "wrapped blankets about me and tucked me in as carefully as if we were going on a motor ride." He wished her farewell and good luck, and asked her, "don't forget to remember me to the folks back home."[2] Other single women were brought to the boats by men who had earlier offered their services to "unprotected ladies", as the conventions of the time dictated.[2]

After Titanic sank, Jones suggested going back to save some of those in the water. Only three of the passengers agreed; the rest protested that they would be at risk of the boat being capsized by desperate swimmers. Jones had no choice but to acquiesce, but told the complaining passengers: "Ladies, if any of us are saved, remember I wanted to go back. I would rather drown with them than leave them."[2] The passengers' conduct during the subsequent hours presented some striking contrasts. The Countess of Rothes – who had been one of the few passengers to support going back to mount a rescue attempt – took charge of the tiller, putting the women to work on the oars.[3] Her conduct was later complimented by Jones, who called her "more of a man than any we had aboard" and gave her the lifeboat's numeral 8, in a frame, as a keepsake.[4] In contrast, Ella White was so annoyed that the stewards aboard were smoking that she complained about it to the subsequent US Senate inquiry into the disaster;[5] she was particularly indignant that one of the ship's crewmen had told her, "If you don't stop talking through that hole in your face there will be one less in the boat!"[3]

The occupants of Boat 8 spent the night rowing towards what they thought were the lights of a ship on the horizon, but turned round at daybreak when the Carpathia arrived on the scene from the opposite direction. They had travelled further from the scene than any of the other lifeboats and had a long row back;[6] it was not until 7:30 am that they were picked up.[7]


  1. Albina Bassani
  2. Nellie Mayo Bessette
  3. Ellen Bird, maid of Ida Straus
  4. Caroline Bonnell
  5. Elizabeth Bonnell
  6. Emma Eliza Bucknell, Philadelphia heiress
  7. Gladys Cherry, cousin of the Countess of Rothes
  8. Alfred George Crawford
  9. Sarah Rebecca Daniels, maid of Mr. and Mrs. Allison
  10. Mary Aline Holverson
  11. Thomas William Jones, Able-Bodied Seaman, (in charge) [1]
  12. Marion Estelle Kenyon
  13. Alice Leader
  14. Roberta Elizabeth Mary Maioni
  15. Fermina Oliva Y Ocana
  16. Charles H. Pascoe
  17. Edith Pears
  18. Maria Josefa Perezde Soto y Vallejo Peñasco Y Castellana
  19. Lucy Noël Martha, Countess of Rothes, who took charge of the lifeboat's tiller
  20. Margaret Welles Swift
  21. Ruth Taussig
  22. Tillie Taussig
  23. Ella White
  24. Mary Natalie Wick
  25. Mary Wick
  26. Constance Willard
  27. Marie Grice Young

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Lifeboat launching sequence

Notes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Eaton & Haas 1994, p. 152.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Butler 1998, p. 100.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bartlett 2011, p. 229.
  4. Butler 1998, p. 151.
  5. Butler 1998, p. 147.
  6. Bartlett 2011, p. 249.
  7. Wormstedt & Fitch 2011, p. 144.
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