So much to address. Let's start.In other words, Lowe testified that he instructed Williams to get into the lifeboat before it was launched to help the crew to row.
Let's look closely at Lowe's testimony before the Senate Inquiry.
Lowe testified he was in charge of loading No. 14.
Who had charge of the loading of lifeboat No. 14?
From Seaman Joseph Scarrott's appearance before the British Inquiry:
383. - Directly I got to my boat I jumped in, saw the plug in, and saw my dropping ladder was ready to be worked at a moment's notice; and then Mr. Wilde, the Chief Officer, came along and said, "All right; take the women and children," and we started taking the women and children. There would be 20 women got into the boat, I should say, when some men tried to rush the boats, foreigners they were, because they could not understand the order which I gave them, and I had to use a bit of persuasion. The only thing I could use was the boat's tiller.
385. (Mr. Butler Aspinall.) Did the Fifth Officer assist you in this persuasion?
- He was not there then.
387. Did you succeed in getting all the women and children that were about into your boat?
- Yes, when Mr. Lowe came and took charge he asked me how many were in the boat; I told him as far as I could count there were 54 women and four children,...
393. Was Mr. Lowe, the Fifth Officer, also in the boat?
- We were practically full up. I was taking the women in when Mr. Lowe came.
Turkish Bath Attendant Frank Morris testified to the same point at the British Inquiry:
5312. Was there an Officer in charge of No. 14?
- Well, there was in the last part, when the boat was pretty well full, Officer Lowe came along.
So Lowe exaggerated his role in loading No.14. Perhaps being hailed a hero inflated his ego.
And how many people did you put into it?
How many women; do you know?
They were all women and children, bar one passenger, who was an Italian, and he sneaked in, and he was dressed like a woman. He had a shawl over his head, and everything else; and I only found out at the last moment.
And there was another passenger that I took for rowing.
Let's pause here to look at more evidence.
Scarrott, Brtitish Inquiry
400. How many were rowing?
401. Do you know who they were - were they seamen?
- I can only account for two as regards their rating. I was pulling the after-oar on the port side of the boat, and on my left was a fireman; but as regards the other two that were further forward on the boat, I cannot say what they were as regards their rating.
403. Am I right in supposing that in your boat, No. 14, there were yourself, two firemen, three or four stewards, and Lowe?
- There is a correction there, my Lord. There was one man in that boat that we had been under the impression - when I say "we," I mean the watch of sailors - that he was a sailorman. That man was not a sailor at all, though acting in the capacity of sailor. That was another man that was in the boat.
404. What was he?
- A window-cleaner; he was supposed to be in the ship as a window-cleaner.
Four men rowed. Scarrott, a fireman (one of two in the boat, probably Thomas Thelfall because he was in the boat when it returned to search for survivors), and two others.
Steward George Crowe testified in America: "I assisted in handing the women and children into the boat, and was asked if I could take an oar, and I said "Yes." and was told to man the boat." He, too, was in No.14 when it went back for survivors, indicating he was telling the truth about being a rower.
Steward Alfred Pugh wrote a letter to Walter Lord in 1955 saying: "Mr. Webb (sic, Lowe) then detailed the crew to man the boat and asked me if I could manage the oars (being large and me very small) I said yes, as I had already done so at Boat Drill before leaving Southampton. Right he said jump in, and he followed taking charge."
That's your four rowers. No Charles Williams. (See, Seumas, this is what's called 'research'.)
But Lowe said... And there was another passenger that I took for rowing.
But things don't look as black and white if you read the rest of Lowe's appearance. Suddenly, he's acting rather evasive.
Who was that?
That was a chap by the name of C. Williams.
Where did he live?
I do not know where he lived.
NB. He doesn't know where Williams lives.
Was he one of the men whose names you have on that paper?
I have his name; that is, his home address, but not his New York address.
I would like his home address.
I can give you that. Will you have it now?
Yes; also the name of any other man or woman in the boat that you know, and their address.
Mr. LOWE. (referring to book)
"C. Williams, racket champion of the world," he has here, "No. 2 Drury Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England."
"Referring to book". What book? Obviously a book with Charles Williams' address in it, an address that Lowe doesn't know until he reads it from the book.
Give all the others?
You want them in my own boat, sir?
Yes; you said you had the names of all in the boat.
You see, I was in charge of five boats.
A simple question met with an evasive answer. Who was in your boat? Well, I was in charge of a lot of boats.
But this in of the boat you were in yourself, No. 14?
Yes. I will give them to you.
This is the one you loaded?
You want those in the boat from the davits, not what I picked up?
Why is he still ducking the question? It's a simple question. Who was in your boat when you left the Titanic ?
The next were Mrs. A.T. Compton, and Miss S.H. Compton, Laurel House, Lakewood, N. J.
Go ahead a little faster, if you can.
That is all.
Those are the only names you took down?
Out of my own particular boat.
What's this all about? He "took down" three names? In a book? What book? Are these the only three people he personally put into No. 14? Or is there another reason why he has their names?
I thought you had a card there that they had signed with their autographs.
These passengers who were in your own boat, No. 14.
No, sir; I am no autograph hunter.
I understand; but I thought you told me you had a card of that kind.
Who? This is the third time he feigns ignorance to what the question is. Then he says he didn't collect the signatures in "the book" or a card of some kind. Where's this questioning coming from? Obviously from the pre-interview with Lowe, which he's now disavowing.
The Senator abandons that line of questioning.
You say there were how many people in your boat?
Adding," So I transferred all my passengers - somewhere about 53 passengers - from my boat, and I equally distributed them between my other four boats."
So 53 of the 58 people in lifeboat No. 14 were transferred to other boats, presumably including the window washer and steward who didn't row, leaving five people. One was Lowe. That leaves four. We've named the four rowers. Where is Charles Williams?