John Collins (Scullion)


Arun Vajpey

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What I learned from my research into John Collins suggested that when Wilde and Lightoller arrived at the port aft lifeboats at about 01:15 am (after the 'firearms meeting'), Moody had almost completed loading of lifeboat #16 with Collins as one of the crew who helped. Lowe was close behind with Lifeboat #14 and so Lightoller took over supervision of the partially loaded lifeboat #12 while Wilde sort of supervised all three. Collins reportedly hoped that he would be allowed to go in Lifeboat #16 but Wilde refused as there was enough crew already on board. Collins identified Wilde as "the officer next to the Captain"; also, he was aware of the only Scottish Officer on board - Murdoch. During his POW time, Collins repeatedly told his audience how the "Scots Officer" was one of several knocked overboard when the "wave" resulting from the Titanic's sudden lurch downwards just after 02:15 am hit them. At the time Collins himself was holding a child - very likely one of Alma Palsson's children - but the wave tore it from his grasp as he went under. When he surfaced, he could see no one and swam for a bit before being hauled on board the overturned Collapsible B.
 

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