Is it true that the lifeboats were designed to be loaded from the A deck promenade?


David Clayton

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I remember a piece of Titanic trivia that the boats were meant to be loaded from the A deck promenade, but the keys for the forward windows were lost, which was why lifeboat 4 didn’t leave for a long time. I suppose it makes sense as if the davits had multiple boats each, passengers would have to walk over those boats to reach the swing out boats on the Boat Deck. I just want to verify this with the experts. Thanks in advance.
 
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I remember a piece of Titanic trivia that the boats were meant to be loaded from the A deck promenade, but the keys for the forward windows were lost, which was why lifeboat 4 didn’t leave for a long time.

There were no keys which were lost. The glass were lowered by a spanner to lower the glass.


I suppose it makes sense as if the davits had multiple boats each, passengers would have to walk over those boats to reach the swing out boats on the Boat Deck. I just want to verify this with the experts. Thanks in advance.

Only the fist set had a double boat. And even there it was no real problem.
 

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