After the new information the picking up by Carpathia was then:
Lifeboat 14, With the suvivors of A
Lifeboat 04, with some suvivors of B
Lifeboat 12, with the other suvivors of B
What time did dawn come that AM? All the accounts I've read from boat 1's people state that it was after dawn that their boat reached Carpathia. I'm guessing dawn came between 4:10 & 4:40? As I believe boat 2 was picked up in the dark, right?
From what I've read, boat 2 was picked up in the breaking minutes/seconds of dawn. Dawn did come just about 4.10 or just before or a tad after, but certainly by 4.40 or so there would have been plenty of light.
Lifeboat 1 was picked up second and according my own figures lifeboat 13 was picked up at about 4:45. I have read somewere that lifeboat 1 was picked up about a half hour after lifeboat 2. So I figured out that lifeboat 1 must have picked up by Carpathia around 4:40.
After pulling alongside the Carpathia a rope ladder was lowered. The passengers were then tied into a hoisting device and climbed up the ladder, although by all accounts it was more like they were pulled up by the crew.
Ruth Becker actually didn't try to climb she was in a canvas "swing" and let the crew pull her onboard.
Does anyone know how the passengers decided who got to get on board first. I would imagine for Lifeboat No.4 Mrs. Astor would go because she was in delicate position. But then Mrs. Widenor had more social status, of course, the men pulled from the water would have received special treatment. And then of course, there are the children.
>>Does anyone know how the passengers decided who got to get on board first.<<
My bet would be priority given to the injured and indisposed, but I could be wrong about that. Beyond that, first come, first served probably. After spending a night out on the open ocean, I doubt anyone much cared so long as they got off of a cold boat into the warm confines of the ship.