When I got back to No. 12 again, the chief officer happened to come along, and he said, "How many men have you in this boat?" There was one man in the boat, one sailor, and I said, "Only one, sir." He looked up, and me being the only sailor there, he said, "Jump into that boat," he said, "and make the complement" - that was two seamen.
Senator BOURNE. That was in No. 14?
Mr. CLENCH. That was in No. 12, sir. That was the boat I went away in.
Not counting officers, the Titanic carried 32 ABs, 6 lookouts, 6 QMs, 2 master-at-arms, a boatswain and boatswain's mate, all of whom were qualified in clearing and manning the boats. That totals up to 48. By 1:30 a.m., 22 had already left in various boats, and 7 were missing as the result of 2/O Lightoller's order to the boatswain to take a half dozen men and go down to open those gangway doors. They were never heard from again. Only 19 of these rates can still be accounted for on the ship past 1:30 a.m. Of those still on board at that time, 11 were to go away or be picked up by the 8 remaining boats that were launched from davits (No.s 2, 4, 10, 11, 13, 15, C and D). That is why we find so many boats launched late with so few qualified seamen in them. According to AB Lucas, there were (besides himself) only 8 sailors on deck when the very last boat, collapsible D, was being launched. And he was one of those 11 out of 19 sailors to successfully escape from the ship (in D) before it went down.Chief Officer Murdoch ordered me into the boat, finally, and he said, "Is there any more seamen?" I said, "No, sir."...No. 12 was the last boat before me to be lowered, and Evans was one of the men that lowered that boat [note: Lucas was identified as the other in lowering it], and after he lowered that away I called him and told him Chief Officer Murdoch gave me orders to find a seaman and tell him to come in the boat with me, and he jumped in my boat [No. 10].