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 or eleventh boat to reach the Carpathia.

Lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg
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Name Age Class/Dept
27 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Nāsīf Qāsim Abī-Al-Munà
19 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of August Abraham Johannes Abrahamsson
38 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Selma Augusta Emilia Asplund
5 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Lillian Gertrud Asplund
3 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Edvin Rojj Felix Asplund
20 Engineering Crew
22 Engineering Crew
45 Victualling Crew
22 Engineering Crew
Photograph of George Henry Cavell
20 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Frederick Horace Crafter
45 3rd Class Passenger
33 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Margaret  Daly
36 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Guillaume Joseph De Messemaeker
36 Engineering Crew
Photograph of Frank Dymond
25 Deck Crew
Photograph of Alfred Frank Evans
41 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Luigi Finoli
21 Engineering Crew
Photograph of Walter Francis Fredericks
24 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Elin Matilda Hakkarainen
27 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Richard Halford
27 3rd Class Passenger
62 2nd Class Passenger
27 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Oskar Arvid Hedman
2 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Hildur Elisabeth Hirvonen
22 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Helga Elisabeth Lindqvist Hirvonen
40 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Harry Haven Homer
30 3rd Class Passenger
26 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Oskar Leander Johansson Palmquist
4 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Harold Theodor Johnson
1 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Eleanor Ileen Johnson
27 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Aliina Vilhelmina Johnson
32 3rd Class Passenger
39 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Franz Karun
5 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Manca Karun
30 Victualling Crew
27 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Arthur Ernest Read Lewis
20 3rd Class Passenger
29 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Nikola Lulić
32 3rd Class Passenger
21 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Margaret  Madigan
20 3rd Class Passenger
21 3rd Class Passenger
28 3rd Class Passenger
25 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Bridget Elizabeth Mulvihill
35 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Walter Henry Nichols
25 3rd Class Passenger
24 Engineering Crew
Photograph of Arthur John Priest
28 Victualling Crew
30 3rd Class Passenger
45 3rd Class Passenger
28 Engineering Crew
Photograph of William Henry Taylor
23 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Albert Charles Thomas
30 Victualling Crew
29 Victualling Crew
18 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Anna Sofia Turja
64 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Hedwig Turkula
23 Engineering Crew
Photograph of William George White

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