Titanic Lifeboat No. 14

Titanic lifeboat 14. The fourth/fifth/sixth boat to be lowered from the port side. Fifth Officer Lowe took charge of the boat. About 30-32 passengers were in it and there were ten or eleven crewmen and two stewardesses; probably no more than 45 in total when lowered. Lowe thought that the crowd began to be unruly and men threatened to jump into it, so as a matter of precaution, he fired a few times in the air with his gun when the boat was lowered away. Nobody was hit. People heard the shootings, however, and it may turn out that those who heard it thought that people were shot and killed. One young man had tried to enter the boat and been thrown out and either him or another man was threatened by officer Lowe, at gunpoint. When No. 14 was near the water, there was some sort of trouble and they let the boat drop three or four feet, which apparently led to the boat springing a leak and water started pouring into it, and some ladies had to take care of that problem. Later in the night, they encountered boats 4, 10, 12 and D and officer Lowe decided to distribute his passengers among the others boats, wanting to go back to the wreckage to see if he could save people in the water. It is believed that eight or ten crew remained, as well as second class passenger Charles Williams, whom Lowe took for rowing before the boat was lowered away (Williams would later claim that he had been swimming around in the water, yet officer Lowe's testimony proves that Williams entered the boat from the deck). Rowing into the area, No. 14 encountered few left alive: First class passenger William Hoyt was hauled in but died, a Chinese third class passenger was rescued as well as steward Harold Phillimore. There may have been a fourth person rescued, even though some in the crew thought there were three saved and one died and another crewman said they found four, but two died. After having rescued these people, they spotted waterfilled collapsible boat A and took the few people from it into boat 14. There were perhaps a dozen people on boat A. No. 14 reached the Carpathia, after 7 o'clock in the morning, with perhaps 28 or so people on board.

Lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg

We found 40 people.

Name Age Class/Dept
15 2nd Class Passenger
40 2nd Class Passenger
35 2nd Class Passenger
C. Cameron
28 2nd Class Passenger
A. Clarke
30 2nd Class Passenger
C. Collyer
8 2nd Class Passenger
M. Collyer
64 1st Class Passenger
39 1st Class Passenger
S. Compton
22 2nd Class Passenger
S. Cook
30 Victualling Crew
48 2nd Class Passenger
8 2nd Class Passenger
39 Deck Crew
W. Harder
7 2nd Class Passenger
48 2nd Class Passenger
43 1st Class Passenger
W. Hoyt
32 3rd Class Passenger
1 2nd Class Passenger
22 2nd Class Passenger
3 2nd Class Passenger
39 2nd Class Passenger
A. Lemore
29 Deck Crew
Titanic Officers
H. Lowe
13 2nd Class Passenger
42 2nd Class Passenger
33 1st Class Passenger
37 1st Class Passenger
7 3rd Class Passenger
29 3rd Class Passenger
28 Victualling Crew
23 Victualling Crew
H. Phillimore
30 2nd Class Passenger
E. Portaluppi
20 Victualling Crew
A. Pugh
24 3rd Class Passenger
E. Ryan
33 Deck Crew
J. Scarrott
16 3rd Class Passenger
36 2nd Class Passenger
E. Wallcroft
4 2nd Class Passenger
J. Wells
2 2nd Class Passenger
29 2nd Class Passenger
A. Wells
23 2nd Class Passenger
C. Williams