Answered Lifeboat requirements on smaller ships pre-Titanic

David Clayton

Feb 13, 2020
Hi all. I have seen a lot of instances of quotes similar to this: “Board of Trade regulations require that ships over 10,000 tons have no fewer than 16 lifeboats.” I believe that the regulation in question is the Merchant Shipping Act 1894. So I want to know what the lifeboat requirements were for ships below 10,000 tons. Also, in my research, I have seen mention of a table of tonnage and lifeboats requirements. If anyone could link me this table, I would be very grateful. Thanks in advance.

Dave Gittins

Apr 11, 2001
In around 2000 the British archives issued a CD full of Titanic material. Even if you can get one, it won' run properly on modern operating systems. There's another pile on CD from an outfit called Paperless Archives, but that has the same problem. I don't know of anything more modern.

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