Just that and no more (hence the question mark) but not without reason. I recall reading somewhere that when Colonel Gracie first met Edith Evans and the 3 Lamson sisters on the boat deck, he took them to the port side to the vicinity of Lifeboat #6 and left them supposedly in charge of Moody, who was there at the time. But I have not come across anything which suggests that any of the 3 sisters, all of whom survived, interacted with Moody at that time and so presumed that he had left them to their own devices and gone about other duties. Someone must have ordered the Sixth Officer to go and take charge of getting the port side aft lifeboats ready and it could have been either Captain Smith or Wilde. If that was the case, it explains Wilde's order to send all those women and children from Hart's group aft, where he knew the boats were being prepared for loading.Is this your own speculation about Moody taking them aft?
Lowe testified (as you know) that after Lifeboat #1 was lowered (01:05 am), he went across to the port side aft, where Moody was already at work with those port aft boats.
I am not surprised at Hart's statement. He had led a group of over 30 women and children to the forward part of the boat deck and by his own testimony, left them in the vicinity of Lifeboat #8 and left. They would have mingled with the crowd already present there and with that and the darkness, I doubt if he could have seen any of the lifeboats through the crowd of passengers and crew.Strangely however, he seemed to imply from his answer to 9977, that there were no boats being loaded in front of #8, and from his position opposite of #8, he couldn't see if there were any boats in the aft group of boats on the port side from that location. We know it was very dark, and many had difficulty even recognizing people that were close by.
Yes, and Hart had come through well lit corridors into the darkness of the boat deck. He would not have been able to see much detail before he left.We know it was very dark, and many had difficulty even recognizing people that were close by.
I think QAs 9977 and 9980 are significant:
Hart stated earlier that he left his charges there and went back. So, if they had arrived up the main companionway directly opposite Lifeboat #8, most likely he left them there and left the scene....like he said. He admits himself, truthfully I believe, that he "did not look further" and so we cannot use his testimony to consider which lifeboat was there or not there at that time.9980. You would come up by the main companion way, and coming up by the main companion way would come up almost opposite boat No. 8? - Yes.