Titanic Lifeboat No. 13

Titanic lifeboat 13. The seventh boat lowered from the starboard side. Boat 13, as well as boat 15, had been lowered to A deck to receive passengers. Dr. Washington Dodge said:

Boats Nos. 13 and 15 were swung from the davits at about the same moment. I heard the officer in charge of No. 13 say, ‘We’ll lower this boat to Deck A.’ Observing a group of possibly fifty or sixty about boat 15, a small proportion of which number were women, I descended by means of a stairway close at hand to the deck below, Deck A. Here, as the boat was lowered even with the deck, the women, about eight in number, were assisted by several of us over the rail of the steamer into the boat, and called repeatedly for more women. None appearing, and there being none visible on the deck, which was then brightly illuminated, the men were told to tumble in. Along with those present I entered the boat. Ray was my table steward and called to me to get in.’ (Gracie, p. 294).

Dr. Dodge was apparently the only first class passenger to get into No. 13. Lawrence Beesley, second class, wrote extensively about his experiences in boat 13 and the Caldwells also gave several accounts.

Mrs. Sandström and her two small daughters, third class passengers en route to San Francisco, found seats in boat 13. Mrs. Sandström had nearly given up and thought they would not make it, when her steward found her (on deck) and calmed her down and helped the small family into the boat (it is implied that he also got into the boat with them). In the boat she discovered fellow Swede Anna Nysten, who had brought a food basket with her. The two ladies would correspond later in life. As was the case in almost all starboard boats; when no more women were about, men were allowed to get in. No. 13 held perhaps 25 women and children, 15 or so male passengers and some 25 male crew members; 60 or perhaps a few more in total.

When No. 13 was lowered away, No. 15 nearly came on top of it and disaster was avoided at the last second when someone found a knife to cut the ropes, allowing 13 to float away just before 15 reached the water. No. 13 was perhaps the seventh or eighth boat to reach the Carpathia.

Lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg-Klarström

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Name Age Class/Dept
23 3rd Class Passenger
18 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Percy Ball
29 Engineering Crew
Photograph of Frederick William Barrett
24 Engineering Crew
Photograph of George William Beauchamp
12 2nd Class Passenger
Photograph of Ruth Elizabeth Becker
34 2nd Class Passenger
Photograph of Lawrence Beesley
20 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Arthur Victor Edwards Burrage
26 2nd Class Passenger
Photograph of Albert Francis Caldwell
28 2nd Class Passenger
Photograph of Sylvia Mae Caldwell
10m 2nd Class Passenger
Photograph of Alden Gates Caldwell
23 3rd Class Passenger
36 3rd Class Passenger
52 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Washington Dodge
31 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Elizabeth Dowdell
6 3rd Class Passenger
21 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Wilfred Cyril Foley
29 Engineering Crew
Photograph of Albert Ernest Fryer
18 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Mary Agatha Glynn
56 2nd Class Passenger
43 Deck Crew
Photograph of Robert John Hopkins
31 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Joseph Abraham Hyman
29 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Bernt Johannes Johannesen
21 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Einar Gervasius Karlsson
46 Victualling Crew
22 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Aurora Adelia Landergren
41 Deck Crew
Photograph of Reginald Robinson Lee
29 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Henry Reginald Lee
40 Victualling Crew
24 3rd Class Passenger
32 Engineering Crew
Photograph of William James Major
25 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Harold Bentley Neal
26 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Helmina Josefina Nilsson
22 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Anna Sofia Nysten
9 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Artur Karl Olsen
22 2nd Class Passenger
32 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Frederick Dent Ray
38 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Horace Leopold Ross
24 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Agnes Charlotta Sandström
1 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Beatrice Irene Sandström
4 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Marguerite Rut Sandström
30 2nd Class Passenger
Photograph of Hilda Mary Slayter
18 3rd Class Passenger
25 3rd Class Passenger
32 Deck Crew
Photograph of Philip Francis Vigott
38 Victualling Crew
Substitute Crew
Photograph of Alfred Edgar Windebank
47 Victualling Crew
Photograph of William Wright

* Lifeboat placement tentative but supported by some documentary evidence, see each biography and Notes on the Lifeboat Lists.

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