Any votes for the most facinating accounts of interior flooding

Naurally most of the accounts from surviors were from the perspective of being on the boat deck, or in the lifeboats. I have been trying to assemble accounts by survivors who witnessed the flooding deep within the ship. Any votes for the most interesting accounts?
My picks are:

*Officer Boxhall's account of the flooding mailroom

*Severall passngers accounts of the flooding squash court(such as the account of 1st class survivor Henry Blank)

*The various stages of flooding in the boiler rooms

*A crewmwmbers testomony in the British Inquiry of water creeping up Scotland Road. Related to that, I once read a 1912 newspaper account of a man who trudged through chest deep water on Scotland Road before making it topside..

*I recall reading an account of water creeping up the grand staircase, as to who wrote it, im not sure...

*The deatils of the canvas hatch cover in the 3rd class open space bulging due to growing air pressure was particulartly fascinating...

I hate to draw a comparison with the film- but were there any real survivors who encountered and wrote about tremendous interior flooding before they made it topside (i.e shades of Jack and Rose's water logged escape..)?

Many thanks

Tarn Stephanos
There was Charles Joughin's account of the water in his cabin ("E" deck, portside, amidships), although this only measured about 2 or 3 inches some time after 1:00am, perhaps 1:30am. (British Inquiry 6209-6230).

This is not very dramatic in itself, Tarn, compared to other accounts, but it might help place the locations and timings of flooding acounts in perspective.

best wishes,


Addison Hart

Barrett's account of the water in Boiler Room 5, with Harvey and Shepard.

God bless,

Michael Douglas Shetina

Laura Francatelli has the most fascinating. It tells how even though the deck was flooding, theose passengers on that deck were so confident in the ship they told her that they were alright

Just My Usual Rambling Nonsense
I personally can't believe Joughins statement. His cabin was on E-Deck, amidships , I know. But isn't that point too far aft to get flooded between 1:00 and 1:30 A.M.? Remember: At the Grand Staircase, the water reached E-Deck around 1:00 A.M. and because of the slant its unbelievable for me that water could rise to this part of the ship (were Joughins cabin was) before the final plunge, because this part of e-deck rose higher and higher.

Any ideas?
I think the flooding occurred on E Deck forward well before 1 A.M. Not only does Laura Francatelli mention it explicitly in her letter to a friend after the disaster but Dorothy Gibson (berthed in cabin E-22) also recalled seeing the stairs leading to E Deck flooding as she and her mother made their way up on deck. The Gibsons left in the first lifeboat, number 7, which was lowered about 12:40, according to the latest research.

Francatelli’s experience also must have happened before 1 A.M. since her account, as well as that of her employer, Lucy Duff Gordon, confirms that they were topside well before they escaped in boat 1, launched about 1:15 A.M.

All this would seem to make it quite believable that water was amidships by 1:30 A.M.
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Tarn, I think the "water creeping up the staircase" is Lightoller talking about the emergency stairs. It goes like this:

"Between one boat being lowered away and the next boat being prepared, I usually nipped along to have a look down the very long emergency staircase leading direct from the boat deck down to “C” deck. Actually built as a short cut for the crew, it served my purpose now to gauge the speed with which the water was rising, and how high it had got. By now the fore deck was below the surface. That cold, green water, crawling its ghostly way up that staircase, was a sight that stamped itself indelibly on my memory. Step by step, it made its way up, covering the electric lights, one after the other, which, for a time, shone under the surface, with a horribly weird effect." Lightoller Titanic and Other Ships

Pat W
Randy, i dont know which "stairs leading to E Deck" Dorothy Gibson meant. The Grand Staircase?
Did she said that water reached the E Deck at the point of the Grand Staircase before they escaped in boat 7 at 12.40 A.M.?

What I don't understand is the following:
Joughins cabin was in the aft part of the e-deck,
two decks above boiler room 1, i think.
So, I could not understand how this aft part of the ship could get under water before the final plunge. The dip of the ship caused a raising of this part of e deck above sea level.
Did Joughin really say the truth? Or was his cabin in a other part of the ship, more ahead?
Hi, Manuel:

I assume Dorothy Gibson meant the grand staircase, as it was close to her cabin. I don’t think the "grand" part of the stairs went below E Deck but wasn’t there some sort of stairs?

If not, then she was either telling a fib or there was another stairwell near E-22.

My sources for her Titanic experiences are three 1912 interviews which she gave to the Moving Picture News, the New York Dramatic Mirror and the New York Morning Telegraph. I also have an apparently syndicated 1934 account which she gave to the Hearst press’ society and political correspondent Adela Rogers St. Johns. I will have to look through these stories later to see which one mentioned the stairs flooding.

PS) My understanding from the wording in Gibson’s story (again I will have to double check as I don’t have my notes at hand) was that water was on the steps "BELOW" the grand staircase. She said she saw it, as did her mother, when they were heading up on deck after the general alarm was circulated. She does not say how far up the stairs the water had risen.

Perhaps someone better acquainted with the layout of the ship than I am can help figure out what she must have meant.

Paul Lee

Just thought I'd reawaken this thread with a bit of a poser:

apart from Buckley (who woke to find water in his room, and later found water on the staircase as he tried to get to his cabin) and Miss Kreuchen, who tried to get to her E-deck cabin only to find it flooded, did any other passenger report such events - trying to get back to their rooms only to find it partially or completely submerged?




Damon Hill

Going back to passenger accounts of interior flooding, I remember reading somewhere that one of the Women in first-class, I think it may have been Emily Ryerson, described looking in through windows to firstclass staterooms as her lifeboat was being lowered and seeing the water swirl around the furniture. Can anyone verify this story?