David wrote: “there is no definitive sighting of Moody in the loading of 13 and 15…there is a brief reference in testimony (which I can't place at the moment) to an unidentified officer loading these boats from A Deck...Even if it were Moody, there is no time given for when he was helping load people into 13 and 15, so that he still could have been at Lifeboat 16 at 1:20.”
As explained in our article, the evidence does strongly suggest it was Moody. See the paragraph in our article that starts with “Boats #13 and #15 appear to have been launched”. The timing of Moody’s suggested presence at #9, #13 and #15 would almost certainly have been between 1:30 and 1:40. Is the 1:20 time you mention from your own timeline? It sure isn’t from ours. Our article also references the testimony you couldn’t place — Lookout Lee’s account of an unnamed officer who he says was tall, thin, the fifth or sixth officer, and drowned. (You did read our article *carefully*, didn’t you?) We list all of these sources there.
Lee’s description fits Moody exactly and amongst the officers, Moody only, and it is clear he was talking about a member of the deck department, and clarifies it wasn’t Wilde. We know from Lowe’s affidavit and private accounts that Lowe wasn’t involved in the loading of the aft starboard boats, and we can rule out Wilde, Murdoch, Pitman, and Boxhall as being this officer for various and obvious reasons. McElroy doesn’t fit this physical or rank description, and besides, other accounts of an officer and not a purser overseeing the loading from A Deck during the loading of the last two aft starboard boats exist, including Littlejohn’s accounts.
Lee says that this officer was the one “attending to” putting the passengers into the boats on A Deck, and Littlejohn also says this officer was overseeing things there. We know from Beesley and others mention that Murdoch left #13 and # 15 and was seen crossing over to the port side of the ship after ordering them lowered away. Beesley says that after Murdoch’s order, they then stopped at A Deck and took on more passengers there.