Titanic Lifeboat No. 15

Titanic lifeboat 15. The eighth boat lowered from the starboard side. The boat was partly filled from boat deck, partly from A deck. Apparently, quite a few crew got in at the boat deck, then it was lowered to A deck. Steward John Hart stated in the British Inquiry that he had guided a group of 25 women and children to this boat. He may well have been the leader of a small group, although none has been found, as yet, who said they were part of such a group. Three card sharps from first class seem to have found seats in the boat, there may have been a second class gentleman in it and the rest of the passengers from third class.

Steward Samuel Rule said in the British Inquiry that there was something of a rush when the officer had said they could fill the boat up with men standing by. There is no evidence of anyone using a gun near this boat. August Abrahamsson and Johan Sundman said everything was calm and orderly when they got into it and Juho Niskanen and John Strandén reported that the crew told them to ''stay out of it,'' but they simply joined the crew when they manned the boat and were not told to get away from it.

There seems to have been very few women in/near boat 15. Trimmer George Cavell said there were only women passengers in this boat and five crew and the boat was full. Samuel Rule thought there were 68 in it, including five women and three children, i. e. 60 men. Charles Dahl thought there were 82 people in it, including eight women and seven children and trimmer Pelham also said the majority in the boat were men. It seems likely steward Rule was close to the truth; he testified at the British Inquiry, but he was recalled a few days later and was more or less forced to take back what he had said.

The boat nearly came on top of boat 13 when lowered away but disaster was avoided at the last moment. It is reported that it took boat 15 some time to get away from the ship, perhaps as much as 20 minutes. They rowed away as fast as they could and picked up nobody from the water. Boat 15 was probably about the tenth of eleventh boat to reach the Carpathia.

Lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg

We found 55 people.

Name Age Class/Dept
27 3rd Class Passenger
19 3rd Class Passenger
A. Abrahamsson
5 3rd Class Passenger
L. Asplund
38 3rd Class Passenger
S. Asplund
3 3rd Class Passenger
E. Asplund
20 Engineering Crew
23 Engineering Crew
45 Victualling Crew
22 Engineering Crew
G. Cavell
20 Victualling Crew
F. Crafter
45 3rd Class Passenger
33 3rd Class Passenger
M. Daly
36 3rd Class Passenger
35 Engineering Crew
F. Dymond
25 Deck Crew
A. Evans
41 3rd Class Passenger
L. Finoli
21 Engineering Crew
W. Fredericks
24 3rd Class Passenger
27 Victualling Crew
R. Halford
27 3rd Class Passenger
62 2nd Class Passenger
27 3rd Class Passenger
O. Hedman
2 3rd Class Passenger
22 3rd Class Passenger
40 1st Class Passenger
H. Homer
30 3rd Class Passenger
26 3rd Class Passenger
1 3rd Class Passenger
4 3rd Class Passenger
27 3rd Class Passenger
25 3rd Class Passenger
32 3rd Class Passenger
39 3rd Class Passenger
F. Karun
5 3rd Class Passenger
M. Karun
30 Victualling Crew
27 Victualling Crew
A. Lewis
20 3rd Class Passenger
29 3rd Class Passenger
N. Lulic
32 3rd Class Passenger
21 3rd Class Passenger
M. Madigan
18 3rd Class Passenger
21 3rd Class Passenger
25 3rd Class Passenger
B. Mulvihill
35 Victualling Crew
W. Nichols
25 3rd Class Passenger
28 Victualling Crew
45 3rd Class Passenger
28 Engineering Crew
W. Taylor
23 Victualling Crew
A. Thomas
30 Victualling Crew
29 Victualling Crew
26 3rd Class Passenger
18 3rd Class Passenger
A. Turja
64 3rd Class Passenger
23 Engineering Crew
W. White