The 'Italian' identification is generally assumed to be incorrect - a couple of Irish steerage passengers have been nominated. Edward Ryan is a good candidate - in early correspondence he admitted to wearing a towel over his head and letting the ends hang down, also wearing a long coat and walking 'very stiff' past the officers to board a lifeboat.quote:
Mr. LOWE....Then I asked for volunteers to go with me to the wreck, and it was at this time that I found this Italian. He came aft, and he had a shawl over his head and I suppose he had skirts. Anyhow, I pulled this shawl off his face and saw he was a man. He was in a great hurry to get into the other boat, and I caught hold of him and pitched him in.
Senator SMITH. Pitched him in?
Mr. LOWE. Yes; because he was not worthy of being handled better.