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-Klarström

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Name Age Class/Dept
19 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of August Abraham Johannes Abrahamsson
20 Engineering Crew
45 Victualling Crew
22 Engineering Crew
Photograph of George Henry Cavell
42 Engineering Crew
Photograph of William Clark
20 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Frederick Horace Crafter
45 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Charles Edward Dahl
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
27 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Richard Halford
27 3rd Class Passenger
62 2nd Class Passenger
31 Victualling Crew
Photograph of John Edward Hart
27 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Oskar Arvid Hedman
40 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Harry Haven Homer
27 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Aliina Vilhelmina Johnson
4 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Harold Theodor Johnson
1 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Eleanor Ileen Johnson
32 3rd Class Passenger
30 Victualling Crew
27 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Arthur Ernest Read Lewis
24 3rd Class Passenger
21 3rd Class Passenger
28 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Bridget (Bertha) Moran
35 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Walter Henry Nichols
30 Engineering Crew
Photograph of Henry Noss
39 Engineering Crew
Photograph of George Pelham
24 Engineering Crew
Photograph of Arthur John Priest
58 Victualling Crew
28 Victualling Crew
Photograph of John Stewart
45 3rd Class Passenger
28 Engineering Crew
Photograph of William Henry Taylor
30 Victualling Crew
29 Victualling Crew

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

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