Titanic Lifeboat No. 5

Titanic lifeboat 5. The second boat lowered on the starboard side. Third Officer Pitman was sent in charge of the boat, having five other crew with him as well as two stewardesses. Passengers were still a bit reluctant to enter the boats at this time.

''In our party, '' said Mr. Behr, ''were Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Beckwith and Mrs. Beckwith's daughter, Miss Helen W. Newsom, all of New York. As we started out from our staterooms orders were being shouted to put on life belts. We did so quickly and then ran for the top deck, the superdeck. There was a strained calmness aboard the ship. We met Captain Smith and he shouted to all to put on life belts. Most of the passengers were gathering on deck A to get into the lifeboats. Mr. Ismay was directing the launching. When Mrs. Beckwith reached the second boat she asked Mr. Ismay if the men could get in too. 'Certainly, Madam,' answered Mr. Ismay. Then we stepped into the boat. After we were in I heard Mr. Ismay calling out, 'Are there any more to get into this boat? None appeared. Mr. Ismay was calm and cool and giving orders without any indication of fear. We waited three minutes, and when no one else appeared he directed that the boat be lowered. The officer in charge of our boat did not dare row back toward the Titanic for fear we would be swamped by some of the hundreds we could see swimming not far away. We floated until dawn and were about one mile away from where the Titanic went down when the Carpathia picked us up....'' (New York Herald, Saturday, April 20, 1912)

Several couples entered the boat, including the Kimballs, Goldenbergs, Chambers and Harders. Mrs. Stengel did not want to leave her husband. He stayed on the ship but later found refuge in boat 1. Mrs. Warren entered the boat with Miss Ostby and believed Mr. Warren had followed her into the boat, but he stayed on the ship and was lost. When no more women were found, some men passengers were allowed to enter it. When the boat was in the process of being lowered, some people were slightly anxious, as it seemed they were going to 'turn turtle.' After having rowed away, they encountered boat 7 in mid-ocean and four people changed boats (cf. boat 7). Officer Pitman said that he wanted to row back to look for survivors in the water, but apparently passengers persuaded him not to do this.

Mrs. Warren thought there were 35 or 36 people in the boat, Officer Pitman estimated over 50, Karl Behr thought there were about 40, Mrs. Cassebeere thought 37 and Dr. Frauenthal stated 34, half of whom were men.

There were probably 35 or 36 people in the boat when lowered. No. 5 was one of the first boats to reach the Carpathia.

Lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg

We found 34 people.

Name Age Class/Dept
37 1st Class Passenger
R. Beckwith
46 1st Class Passenger
S. Beckwith
26 1st Class Passenger
K. Behr
33 Victualling Crew
42 1st Class Passenger
E. Calderhead
36 1st Class Passenger
E. Cassebeer
27 1st Class Passenger
N. Chambers
32 1st Class Passenger
4 1st Class Passenger
W. Dodge
38 1st Class Passenger
R. Dodge
43 Victualling Crew
H. Etches
36 1st Class Passenger
43 1st Class Passenger
I. Frauenthal
42 1st Class Passenger
C. Frauenthal
49 1st Class Passenger
H. Frauenthal
22 1st Class Passenger
H. Frölicher
48 1st Class Passenger
M. Frölicher-Stehli
60 1st Class Passenger
M. Frölicher-Stehli
47 1st Class Passenger
S. Goldenberg
46 1st Class Passenger
N. Goldenberg
29 Victualling Crew
21 1st Class Passenger
D. Harder
25 1st Class Passenger
G. Harder
45 1st Class Passenger
S. Kimball
42 1st Class Passenger
E. Kimball
19 1st Class Passenger
27 Deck Crew
34 Deck Crew
Titanic Officers
H. Pitman
35 1st Class Passenger
S. Silverthorne
43 1st Class Passenger
A. Stengel
49 1st Class Passenger
J. Taylor
48 1st Class Passenger
E. Taylor
60 1st Class Passenger
A. Warren
22 1st Class Passenger
H. Østby