It is curious to note something:
Who gave you orders to take to her, Mr. Murdoch?
No, sir; there was nobody. The boat was lowered.
It's not like they would lower the boat without being directed, so that's strange I think.
The way the crew and other people present at A-deck at that moment would go up to the boat deck would be that forward gangway ladder you mentioned. It's a rather short way up, and you get straight to the collapsible boat.
There are a couple curious things as well regarding No.2, and it's from Johnstone's testimony:
3463. Did anybody get in at A deck?
- No, there was nobody to get in.
3464. Then what happened?
- We got lowered, and then we cut her adrift. The razor came in handy.
It calls my attention the mention of no one being at A-deck, when Boxhall stated No.4 was being loaded at that moment. The possible answer to that is that the people were strictly confined to the vicinity of No.4 and not allowed further, or Johnstone simply didn't want to take any blame for not having filled the boat with more people.
Thanks for the helpful post.
Can it be that QM Perkis misunderstood the question and the Senator simply decided not to pursue it further?
With regard to no one trying to get on board Lifeboat #2 as it was lowered past the A-deck, I assume that it was out of reach. The Promenade Deck extension of the A-deck was enclosed on the Titanic and women and children were being loaded into Lifeboat #4 through the windows. Therefore, those who were waiting to get into #4 would have been behind those windows, with the men being forced back by the crew to allow women through. With that scenario, anyone wanting to reach Lifeboat #2 as it was lowered past the A-deck might have found it impossible.
With regard to that forward gangway ladder, I presume that Lightoller and Wilde, along with a few crew present after #4 was lowered, went to the ladder and up it to the boat deck where Collapsible D was being fitted into the now empty davits of #2. But would the crowd pf passengers still behind the windows of the promenade deck found it easy to follow the crew? Those in the front might have done but I understand that there was a sizable crowd there and those hemmed in at the back might have used another route to get to the boat deck.
The tragedy of that is that someone timid, frightened and unable to speak English like Martta Hiltunen would almost certainly be left behind in the rush to get to the vicinity of bat deck and Collapsible D. She did not have someone like Gracie to escort her through and got left behind a second time in 15 minutes.