Which was bigger, boat 1 or boat 2?
Most of the lifeboats were not fully loaded. Titanic's lifeboats could hold 1,178 people in total:
14 standard boats which could hold 65 per boat = 910
2 cutters which could hold 40 per boat = 80
4 collapsibles which could hold 47 per boat =188
705 people survived in lifeboats. Had they been filled to capacity, they could have saved an additional 473 people.
68 was a typo for 48. It was late when i asked the question. And I don't recall where I read that Andrews had recommended a specific number. Isn't it established that he wanted more lifeboats?
And, let's return to my original question, was there time to launch sufficient lifeboats to rescue everyone on board?
The ship sank quickly, extremely quickly for a vessel considered virtually unsinkable.