Titanic Lifeboat No. 15

Titanic lifeboat 15. The eighth boat lowered from the starboard side. The boat was partly filled from boat deck, partly from A deck. Apparently, quite a few crew got in at the boat deck, then it was lowered to A deck. Steward John Hart stated in the British Inquiry that he had guided a group of 25 women and children to this boat. He may well have been the leader of a small group, although none has been found, as yet, who said they were part of such a group. Three card sharps from first class seem to have found seats in the boat, there may have been a second class gentleman in it and the rest of the passengers from third class.

Steward Samuel Rule said in the British Inquiry that there was something of a rush when the officer had said they could fill the boat up with men standing by. There is no evidence of anyone using a gun near this boat. August Abrahamsson and Johan Sundman said everything was calm and orderly when they got into it and Juho Niskanen and John Strandén reported that the crew told them to ''stay out of it,'' but they simply joined the crew when they manned the boat and were not told to get away from it.

There seems to have been very few women in/near boat 15. Trimmer George Cavell said there were only women passengers in this boat and five crew and the boat was full. Samuel Rule thought there were 68 in it, including five women and three children, i. e. 60 men. Charles Dahl thought there were 82 people in it, including eight women and seven children and trimmer Pelham also said the majority in the boat were men. It seems likely steward Rule was close to the truth; he testified at the British Inquiry, but he was recalled a few days later and was more or less forced to take back what he had said.

The boat nearly came on top of boat 13 when lowered away but disaster was avoided at the last moment. It is reported that it took boat 15 some time to get away from the ship, perhaps as much as 20 minutes. They rowed away as fast as they could and picked up nobody from the water. Boat 15 was probably about the tenth of eleventh boat to reach the Carpathia.

Lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg

We found 55 people.

Name Age Class/Dept Ticket Joined Job Boat [Body]
27 3rd Class Passenger 2699
£18 15s 9d
Cherbourg 15 
20 3rd Class Passenger 3101284
£7 18s 6d
Southampton 15 
5 3rd Class Passenger 347077
£31 7s 9d
Southampton 15 
L. Asplund
38 3rd Class Passenger 347077
£31 7s 9d
Southampton 15 
S. Asplund
3 3rd Class Passenger 347077
£31 7s 9d
Southampton 15 
E. Asplund
21 Engineering Crew
Southampton Trimmer 15 
23 Engineering Crew
Southampton Trimmer 15 
45 Victualling Crew
Southampton Stewardess 15 
22 Engineering Crew
Southampton Trimmer 15 
G. Cavell
20 Victualling Crew
Southampton Saloon Steward (1st class) 15 
F. Crafter
45 3rd Class Passenger 7598
£8 1s
Southampton Carpenter / Joiner 15 
33 3rd Class Passenger 382650
£6 19s
Queenstown Housekeeper 15 
M. Daly
36 3rd Class Passenger 345572
£17 8s
Southampton 15 
41 Engineering Crew
Southampton Fireman 15 
F. Dymond
25 Deck Crew
Southampton Lookout 15 
A. Evans
34 3rd Class Passenger 3101308
£7 1s
Southampton 15 
L. Finoli
21 Engineering Crew
Southampton Trimmer 15 
W. Fredericks
24 3rd Class Passenger 3101279
£15 17s
Southampton 15 
22 Victualling Crew
Southampton Steward 15 
R. Halford
27 3rd Class Passenger 2663
£7 4s 7d
Cherbourg 15 
62 2nd Class Passenger 752
£10 10s
Southampton 15 
27 3rd Class Passenger 347089
£6 19s 6d
Southampton Settler Recruiter 15 
O. Hedman
2 3rd Class Passenger 3101298
£12 5s 9d
Southampton 15 
22 3rd Class Passenger 3101298
£12 5s 9d
Southampton 15 
40 1st Class Passenger 111426
£26 11s
Southampton Gambler 15 
H. Homer
30 3rd Class Passenger 349240
£7 17s 11d
Cherbourg 15 
26 3rd Class Passenger 347070
£7 15s 6d
Southampton 15 
1 3rd Class Passenger 347742
£11 2s 8d
Southampton 15 
4 3rd Class Passenger 347742
£11 2s 8d
Southampton 15 
26 3rd Class Passenger 347742
£11 2s 8d
Southampton 15 
25 3rd Class Passenger 350417
£7 17s 1d
Southampton General Labourer 15 
32 3rd Class Passenger 3101286
£7 18s 6d
Southampton 15 
39 3rd Class Passenger 349256
£13 8s 4d
Cherbourg Hotelier 15 
F. Karun
5 3rd Class Passenger 349256
£13 8s 4d
Cherbourg 15 
M. Karun
30 Victualling Crew
Southampton Saloon Steward (1st class) 15 
27 Victualling Crew
Southampton Steward 15 
A. Lewis
20 3rd Class Passenger 3101285
£7 18s 6d
Southampton 15 
29 3rd Class Passenger 315098
£8 13s 3d
Southampton 15 
N. Lulic
32 3rd Class Passenger 350403
£7 11s 7d
Southampton 15 
21 3rd Class Passenger 370370
£7 15s
Queenstown 15 
M. Madigan
18 3rd Class Passenger 2677
£7 4s 7d
Cherbourg 15 
21 3rd Class Passenger 345501
£7 15s 6d
Southampton Farmer 15 
25 3rd Class Passenger 382653
£7 15s
Queenstown 15 
B. Mulvihill
35 Victualling Crew
Southampton Assistant Saloon Steward, 2nd class 15 
W. Nichols
25 3rd Class Passenger 347083
£7 15s 6d
Southampton Chauffeur 15 
28 Victualling Crew
Belfast Verandah Steward 15 
44 3rd Class Passenger 3101269
£7 18s 6d
Southampton 15 
28 Engineering Crew
Southampton Fireman 15 
W. Taylor
30 Victualling Crew
Belfast Saloon Steward 15 
23 Victualling Crew
Southampton Saloon Steward 15 
A. Thomas
29 Victualling Crew
Belfast Saloon Steward 15 
26 3rd Class Passenger 370160
Southampton Seaman 15 
18 3rd Class Passenger 4138
£9 16s 10d
Southampton 15 
A. Turja
63 3rd Class Passenger 4134
£9 11s 9d
Southampton 15 
23 Engineering Crew
Southampton Trimmer 15 
W. White