Taylors in boat No 5


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The following information has been posted by Mark Baber. I understand that it comes from the Atlantic City Daily Press; 20 April 1912. The item concerns Mr and Mrs E.Z. Taylor and in part reads:

"..... There were thirty-six in our boat, and we were pretty heavily loaded. After an hour we got up with another one of the lifeboats and took three out of our boat and put them into the other, which only had twenty-eight in it. ...."

This would seem to re-locate the Taylors (and their friends the Crosbys) as being in boat No 5, and not as indictated by a subsequent (1940's) statement by Taylor where he speaks of people being transferred into their boat in boat No 7.

Lester
 

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Hello, Lester---

Since I profess no expertise in the "who was in what lifeboat" question, the significance of this statement by Mr. Taylor escaped me. Now that I appreciate its importance, I point out that he made a similar statement a few days later; the Atlantic City Daily Press of 4 May 1912 quotes him as saying “There were thirty-six people in our boat and there was room for about ten more. We were ordered into it and set afloat. We put three of our passengers in one of the other boats, which had only about thirty people in it, later on when our boats were tied together."

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Hi Mark,

Thank you for that. I noticed the 4th of May statement before I realized that the 20th of April item contained the same information. I sent copies of the 4th of May item to two friends; but quoted from the earlier item to draw attention to the information. The items that you are finding and posting are proving to be most useful because of the informations they contain.

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Lester
 
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