Interlopers in Lifeboat #2


Arun Vajpey

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I recall reading somewhere that at some stage after Lightoller lowered Lifeboat #6 and went down to A-deck to sort out #4, several crew members got into Lifeboat #2 which, being an Emergency Boat had already been swung out. Steward James Johnstone might have been one of them. The were ordered out by Captain Smith and/or Chief Officer Wilde and loading with passengers started.

If true, I wonder if that was one of the contributory factors in the delayed launching of Lifeboat #10. Wilde was around for loading and launching of 3 out of 4 starboard aft boats; Moody supervised #16 but Wilde was seen in the vicinity by scullion John Collins. Wilde then had supervised loading and lowering of Lifeboats #14 (with Lowe, who left in that boat) and #12 after which the logical course of action for the Chief Officer would have been to see to #10. But according to Able Seamen Evans & Buley (both of whom were involved in working on #12) other crewmen had only just started manhandling #10 into position and it was therefore not yet ready to be loaded. That might explain why Wilde went forward to sort out the problem with crew members in Lifeboat #2. If Wilde had to remain near #2 till Boxhall arrived to take over, there would have been no officer near #10 till Murdoch arrived from the starboard side to supervise.
 
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