I suggest you check them again then, GeorgeSchool teacher Lawrence Beesley saw Murdoch go "across the ship to the port side” after seeing No. 13 lowered to A deck. Steward Frederick Crowe and passenger Charlotte Collyer said independently that they saw Murdoch around lifeboat No. 14 (which is on the port side). And Beesley saw him return to the starboard side of the ship, see No. 15 still on A deck, and angrily order it lowered.
Facts and truth are the highest qualifier. Lightoller was given the job of loading and lowering lifeboat No. 4. Not only did he not get the boat into the sea. Not only did he not load a single passenger into the boat. But Capt. Smith ordered him to stop doing whatever he thought he was doing and to get to another boat and get on with it. When the boss tells you to stop dicking around, you have botched the job at hand.
Lightoller asked the Chief Officer if he should lower and fill the boats, he was told "No". he therefore went above the C/O's head and got confirmation from the captain.
Lightoller could not wait until the stewards had been ordered to lower the A deck windows so he moved to 6 then 8 and loaded and launched these successfully. Then he went back and completed loading No.4
However, if you are going by the evidence of QM Perkis who left in boat 4.. i.e.
"No, sir; there was nobody. The boat was lowered. I lowered No. 4 into the water, and left that boat, and walked aft; and I came back, and a man that was in the boat, one of the seamen that was in the boat at the time, sung out to me, "We need another hand down here." So I slid down the life line there from the davit into the boat."
you might think that Perkis was a sole hero. Unfortunately for him, there was an observant passenger in that boat who described the embarkation from start to finish in great detail. Here is the relevant extract:
"Again, we were ordered down to A deck, which was partly enclosed. We saw people getting into boats, but waited our turn. There was a rough sort of steps constructed to get up to the window. My boy, Jack, was with me. An officer at the window said, "That boy can't go." My husband stepped forward and said, "Of course, that boy goes with his mother; he is only 13." So they let him pass. They also said, "No more boys." I turned and kissed my husband, and as we left he and the other men I knew - Mr. Thayer, Mr. Widener, and others - were all standing there together very quietly. The decks were lighted, and as you went through the window it was as if you stepped out into the dark. We were flung into the boats. There were two men - an officer inside and a sailor outside - to help us........Then they called out, "How many seamen have you," and they answered one. "That is not enough," said the officer, "I will send you another," and he sent a sailor down the rope. In a few minutes after several other men not sailors came down the ropes over the davits and dropped into our boat.
EMILY BOSIE RYERSON."
In simple terms. we are being told that "boats" were being loaded from A deck on the port side. That special embarkation steps were use to allow people to negotiate the bulwark into which the windows had been recessed. That the recessing of the windows had probably started at the stern of boat 8 and the stewards had been working forward doing so. That was when Lightoller had the first boat ready. There were at least 20 such windows to be manually wound down (possibly by no more that 2 available handles) before the ones below No.4 were done. It was a very cold night to put passengers on exposed decks, therefore the order to wind down the windows would not have been given before all the boats were ready to lower to the embarkation decks and the order to load boats was given. That order was not given when Lightoller was ready to load No.4. Do you see what I mean?