The Average Lifeboat

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Neil Kennedy

Interesting analysis of the stats....... contrasts with recent books slapped together ( Spignesi, Brewster, Andrew Wilson etc ) that commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the sinking . These were often attempts to glorify the elite survivors and whitewash the reputation of both the surviving wealthy male passengers and Titanic crewman . The Titanic crew also enforced the access restriction of steerage passengers to the lifeboats. If Lightoller's 'four crew to a boat' recommendation had been followed through, there should have been less than eighty male crew members among the lifeboat occupants, instead of 200 or so.......consider, ironically, that when the Italian liner Andrea Doria sank in 1956, the press made an uproar over a similar percentage of crewman making off in the first lifeboats.....essentially placing a higher expectation of moral behavior on non-Anglo crew members.