Were stewards expected to put their passengers into the boats?


RileyGardner17

Riley Gardner
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I think of the fact that Stewards were "assigned" to boats, is that correct?

So given the ratio of stewards to passengers, 1st Class (about 1:7, if my math is correct) had stewards to provide information and get their passengers into boats. In 3rd Class that ratio drops to around 1:50, making the evacuation a lot more difficult.

To get to my question: were stewards expected to get their own passengers away? Was that almost an unspoken requirement of the job? They were told to rouse the passengers and get them on deck and get lifebelts on deck - but what about after that? I think of John Hart who did a tremendous job in bringing his own passengers he was assigned to up to the deck, but others didn't seem to do that.
 
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Yes stewards had their boat stations.
I do not know of any rule that they had to place their passengers into a boat but they had to make sure their passengers had a lifebelt and had left their cabin.
 

Bob Godfrey

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Why on earth would you think that "most third class stewards didn't care about passengers"? If you read the accounts of surviving 3rd Class passengers you will find many instances of assistance provided by anonymous stewards, sometimes at the risk of their own lives.
 

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