Thanks Dave. I really knew nothing about these six/eight until yesterday. I read that they were held overnight on Carpathia and also that they were taken to Ellis Island. I certainly suppose they could have arranged for a small vessel to take them to Ellis, but it seems like that might have made one of the other survivors comment and I have not seen anything about that anywhere. Unless I can dig up more info, I guess I will just be pretty vague on their treatment if I put it in my book. Just one of the elevnty billion other unsolved and contentious points of this whole Titanic world.It's well established that the Chinese men were held on Carpathia overnight and taken to their ship Annetta by boat in the morning. See Debbie Beavis: Who Sailed on the Titanic. By doing this, they complied with the Chinese Exclusion Act to the letter. They never set foot on US soil. (It seems an earlier post of mine was incorrect).
The "putting in irons" sounds like an invention. Many sensational things were published soon after Carpathia arrived and they can't be trusted. Do you know that the lifeboats were menaced by a school of whales? A reporter did!
See my earlier posts for the difficulty of finding out anything much about the Chinese. Not even their proper names are known.