Mr John T. Hardy
Mr John T. Hardy, 36, was born in London.
Hardy was married with two children. He had been at sea for 14 years, the previous 12 with White Star, serving on the Majestic, Adriatic, Olympic, Teutonic and finally Titanic.
He was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again, in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as "Oakleigh", Highfield, Southampton. His last ship had been the Olympic. As Chief Second Class Steward he received monthly wages of £10.
On Sunday 14th, he retired at 11:25 - his room being on E deck, amidships. He felt a slight shock a few minutes later. After slipping trousers over his pyjamas and donning a coat he went outside to see what the trouble was. After retiring again, the Chief First Class Steward rousted him, saying the ship was 'making water forward'. Once on deck, Hardy met Purser Barker who told Hardy to get people on deck with the lifebelts on, just as a precaution. After rousing the stewardesses and assisted unaccompanied women on D, E, and F decks in putting on their lifebelts, he then assisted in closing the watertight doors on F.
Then, going to his assigned station, lifeboat 1, he saw it being lowered just as he arrived. Hardy then went port side and assisted with the boats there, helping Second Officer Lightoller.
He later remembered that, First Officer Murdoch had said to him, "'I believe she is gone, Hardy.' And that was the only time I thought she might sink."
When the last collapsible was just about to be launched, Lightoller jumped out to make room for another passenger. Hardy was ordered to stay with the boat, where he also remembered seeing a Quartermaster (Bright), two firemen and about four male passengers, the balance made up of women and children. According to his later testimony, there were no people around to help ready and lower the lifeboat and no women and children in sight.
During the lowering, an American woman took to the boat and her husband jumped into the sea. Hardy climbed into the boat once it was on the water. After that, "... We rowed out some little distance from her and finally got together, about seven boats of us... Officer Lowe, having a full compliment of passengers in his boat, distributed among us what he had, out boat taking in 10. We had 25 already and that made 35."...then Lowe returned to pick up survivors. Hardy remained in Collapsible D.
When the Carpathia was sighted in the dawn hours, " we were towed up by Mr Lowe by sail." After boarding the Carpathia, sometime later, he was surprised to find Lightoller who he had thought had gone down with the ship. From the Carpathia, Hardy estimated there was 5 or 6 miles of ice floe and a number of bergs. Until that time, however, he had not seen any ice.
He also added that, to the best of his knowledge, there was no drinking by any of the crew and no means of getting it.
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