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Shawn McQuown

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I was wondering if the lifeboats were recovered and were on display somewhere? What happened to them?

Shawn
 
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Thirteen of the lifeboats were taken back to New York on the Carpathia and dropped off at the White Star pier. The Titanic's name was sanded off of each...by which time, souveneir hunters had pretty much striiped the boats of anything they could get their hands on. After that, they were hauled up to a second floor loft of the building on pier 58/59, and from that point on, they disappear from history. There is no surviving record of what became of them.

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 

Karen

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I heard that the name plates we're removed, and they were sent out to be used by other ships anomyously of course. Karen
 
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William Conrad

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This is a wholly plausible, if unproved, theory. I don't doubt that the Titanic's lifeboats were reused on another ship. And why shouldn't they be! After all, what else is a lifeboat supposed to be used for.

I presume they were reused at some time. Although, I expect such an action was carried out in secrecy by the management of the White Star Line, so as not to appear too ghoulish to the public...
 

Dan Cherry

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There is only one photo that might suggest that
eventually the boats were hauled back to England.
About a dozen blank lifeboats are seen in a photo
near the Olympic shortly after the disaster. There
is no evidence to support they were Titanic's
boats, but since the Titanic's boats were new and
used only once, they likely would have been
quietly put on board other liners. After all, the
post-disaster requirements for safety and
life-saving equipment at seas put lifeboats in
rather high demand!

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Elaine Barnes

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Well, I'm sure they were used on other ships, since, I don't mean any disrespect, but they were proven to be sea-worthy!
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Richard

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According to the excellent 'Titanic An Illustrated History' they were indeed used on other White Star
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Yes, there exists some evidence that they were re-used- after all they were new and seaworthy. Every once in a while one appears up for auction fraudulently and causes a real stir! The names were removed- White Star surely did not want that kind of reminder around. About 8 years ago Titanic International received a length of the gunwale roping-the owner had a relative working for the US Customs service and these men had access to the pier after Carpathia off -loaded the boats and then proceeded to the next stop to disembark passengers- third class did not have to go through Ellis Island this time. The rope is in the collection of Titanic International in Freehold, NJ. It is said that other small souvenirs were taken as well- we have authenticated a soda cracker, a red burgee (metal) from the prowl of one boat.
 
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Colleen Wiele

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Does anyone know the whereabouts of the Titanic lifeboats. It seems I heard somewhere that they were towed back to her home port, repainted and assigned to other ships. Any info would be appreciated. C Wiele
 

Cal Haines

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Apparently the plaque from boat #6 can be seen in the Empire Bar in Belfast. The story of how it got there must be quite a tale. According to James (Jim) Alexander Carlisle (great-grandson of Titanic's designer):

"The owner of the Empire Bar was in New York in April 1912. No more is known"
Jim has a nice website, but I don't have a good link for it.

Warm Regards,

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Hello Colleen,

No one is sure what happened to Titanic's lifeboats. Photographs taken just after the tragedy of the Olympic show lifeboats around her, which are believed to be the Titanic's. After all, the Olympic had to have more boats installed because of a crew strike and updated regulations. Titanic's boats would have come in handy. Several nameplates still exist from Titanic's lifeboats; evidence that they might have been recycled by White Star.

Hope this helps!

-Brandon
 
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Colleen,

One myth was that some were fitted to the Britannic, launched in 1914, but this is definately untrue because her lifeboats were larger. She had 46 34-foot boats, two with their own wireless and engines, built by Maynard on sub-contract from John I. Thornycroft, London, 48 boats in total counting two emergency cutters.

Best regards,

Mark.
 
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Hello Mark!

I plan on creating a historical Britannic site (was origionally going to do Titanic, but...), and since you seem to know a lot about her boats, figured you could maybe help me out with these questions, if you don't mind. I would greatly appreciate it!

1. How many people could each boat hold?
2. What was the total number that could be saved by all 48?
3. You mention 2 emergency cutters. What were they?
4. Was the wireless system a Marconi or John I. Thornycroft manufactured?
5. How many boats could each davit hold? How many davits were there on each side of the ship?

I will appreciate any info. on the above questions!

Thank you!

-Brandon
 
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jean leysman

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Maybe I can add to the first question that indeed all the lifebotas that were taken aboard Carpathia were later used on Olympic and other White Star Line ships. They needed them badly because lifboat regulations were much more strict almost overnight after the Titanic tragedy.
Some boats were not taken on Carpathia, and one (the boat that was on top of the officer's quarters and could not be lowered by the davits, and never made it to sea in an upright position) was later found near the bahama's. Another boat was found by a ship in the north Atlantic some time after the tragedy.

Regards
Jean
 
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jean leysman

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Maybe I can add to the first question that indeed all the lifebotas that were taken aboard Carpathia were later used on Olympic and other White Star Line ships. They needed them badly because lifboat regulations were much more strict almost overnight after the Titanic tragedy.
Some boats were not taken on Carpathia, and one (the boat that was on top of the officer's quarters and could not be lowered by the davits, and never made it to sea in an upright position) was later found near the bahama's. One boat was found by a ship in the north Atlantic some time after the tragedy.

Regards
Jean
 
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Hi Craig, no one knows for sure, but many believe they were used on the Olympic when she had to add more lifeboats due to the Titanic sinking.

Michael Koch
 
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Craig, that is one very interesting question. After the lifeboats were dropped off at the White Star peir, they were stripped of any identifying markings and hauled up into the loft. After that, any record seems to have ended.

I'm inclined to agree with Michael Koch's belief that they were used on other ships. These were servicable boats, and it was already established that they worked just fine on one occasion, so why not put them to use elsewhere? Especially at a time when demand for lifeboats was going up.

Unfortunately, if any records were kept, they either lay undiscovered in some dusty archive or are no longer extant.
 

Jason D. Tiller

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It's really a shame that we don't know for sure what happened to the lifeboats. Though I'm also in agreement with Michael Koch's post that they probably were transferred to other ships.

Best regards,

Jason
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