You keep referring to that firearms meeting taking place after #1 was launched. How do you know that? More conjecture? If you go to the source of that story, you will find that it allegedly happened when Wilde came over from the starboard side to the port side. Could easily have taken place before #6 and #8 were launched.
It's a debatable subject from what i've seen. The evidence it happened prior to 1 o'clock is based on the testimony of first class passenger Charles Stengel, who described after "a certain physician in New York and his brother" jump into lifeboat number 5 the officer that was loading the lifeboat said:
Some believe this officer in question was first officer Murdoch while other's believe it was fifth officer Lowe. Personally, it's hard to say since both examples have evidence against it."I will stop that. I will go down and get my gun."
The evidence that the meeting happened after lifeboat number 6 and 8 were lowered comes from the sole survivor of the senior officer's present when the firearms were given, this of-course being second officer Lightoller. Lightoller described in his 1935 autobiography after lifeboat number 6 was lowered (with mentioning Major Peuchen being sent down as well) chief officer Wilde came to him:
Lightoller, as far as I am aware, only mentioned the meeting between the senior officers' in his book (at-least that where he mentioned when firearms were given out), however I could be wrong about that. In an interview in October 1912 he mentioned that at one point he and chief officer Wilde putted on their lifebelts, however he makes no mentioned of the Webley Revolvers."It was about this time that the Chief Officer came over from the starboard side and asked, did I know where the firearms were?"