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

We found 56 people.

Name Age Class/Dept Ticket Joined Job Boat [Body]
18 3rd Class Passenger 392091
£9 7s
Southampton   13 
13 3rd Class Passenger 350054
£7 15s 11d
Southampton   13 
19 Victualling Crew
Southampton Plate Steward   13 
28 Engineering Crew
Southampton Leading Fireman   13 
32 2nd Class Passenger 2908
£26
Southampton   13 
22 2nd Class Passenger 2908
£26
Southampton   13 
24 Engineering Crew
Southampton Fireman   13 
12 2nd Class Passenger 230136
£39
Southampton   13 
34 2nd Class Passenger 248698
£13
Southampton Teacher   13 
22 3rd Class Passenger 334914
£7 14s 6d
Queenstown   13 
21 3rd Class Passenger 330920
£7 15s 17d
Queenstown Farm Labourer   13 
20 Victualling Crew
Southampton Plate Steward   13 
26 2nd Class Passenger 248738
£29
Southampton   13 
28 2nd Class Passenger 248738
£29
Southampton   13 
10m 2nd Class Passenger 248738
£29
Southampton   13 
23 3rd Class Passenger 370373
£7 15s
Queenstown   13 
21 Engineering Crew
Southampton Fireman   13 
28 2nd Class Passenger 237668
£13
Southampton   13 
36 3rd Class Passenger 345572
£17 8s
Southampton   13 
52 1st Class Passenger 33638
£81 17s 2d
Southampton Politician   13 
31 3rd Class Passenger 364516
£12 9s 6d
Southampton Housekeeper   13 
5 3rd Class Passenger 364516
£12 9s 6d
Southampton   13 
22 Victualling Crew
Southampton 3rd Class Steward   13 
32 3rd Class Passenger 1601
£56 9s 11d
Southampton Seaman   13 
18 3rd Class Passenger 335677
£7 15s
Queenstown   13 
56 2nd Class Passenger 248706
£16
Southampton   13 
40 Deck Crew
Southampton Able Seaman   13 
29 3rd Class Passenger 65306
£8 2s 3d
Southampton   13 
21 3rd Class Passenger 350053
£7 15s 11d
Southampton Military   13 
22 3rd Class Passenger 7077
£7 5s
Southampton   13 
41 Deck Crew
Southampton Lookout   13 
29 Victualling Crew
Southampton Scullion   13 
40 Victualling Crew
Belfast Saloon Steward (1st class)   13 
24 3rd Class Passenger 17369
£7 2s 10d
Southampton   13 
32 Engineering Crew
Southampton Fireman   13 
31 3rd Class Passenger 330932
£7 15s 8d
Queenstown   13 
22 3rd Class Passenger 330931
£7 17s 7d
Queenstown   13 
26 Victualling Crew
Southampton Baker   13 
26 3rd Class Passenger 347470
£7 17s 1d
Southampton   13 
22 3rd Class Passenger 347081
£7 15s
Southampton   13 
16 3rd Class Passenger 330919
£7 16s 7d
Queenstown   13 
9 3rd Class Passenger 17368
£3 3s 5d
Southampton   13 
22 2nd Class Passenger 14260
£10 10s
Southampton Mason   13 
32 Victualling Crew
Belfast Saloon Steward   13 
58 2nd Class Passenger 14258
£10 10s
Southampton   13 
22 3rd Class Passenger 334915
£7 14s 5d
Queenstown   13 
36 Victualling Crew
Southampton Scullion   13 
24 3rd Class Passenger 9549
£16 14s
Southampton   13 
1 3rd Class Passenger 9549
£16 14s
Southampton   13 
4 3rd Class Passenger 9549
£16 14s
Southampton   13 
30 2nd Class Passenger 234818
£12 7s
Queenstown   13 
18 3rd Class Passenger 335432
£7 14s 8d
Queenstown   13 
14 3rd Class Passenger 7538
£9 4s 6d
Southampton   13 
25 3rd Class Passenger 350033
£7 15s 11d
Southampton   13 
32 Deck Crew
Southampton Able Seaman   13 
38 Victualling Crew
Southampton Cook   13