Titanic Lifeboat No. 16

Titanic lifeboat 16. The fourth/fifth/sixth boat lowered on the port side. Strangely few testimonies tell the story of boat 16. Or, rather, there probably are some interviews pertaining to No. 16, but they have not been established as such. Third class passenger Carla Andersen/Jensen, who lost brother, uncle and fiancé was very likely in this boat. She said the boat was lowered so badly that the occupants believed they would be thrown out of it when it was lowered away. It is not easy to say how many people there were in this boat, but there were at least six male crew, three stewardesses and perhaps 30 passengers, mainly third class. It is possible that Mrs. Wells, a second class passenger, describes what happened in and near No. 16:

It is a thrilling story that Mrs. Wells tells of her night ride to safety. Like so many others she did not realize her peril and had she not been literally forced into a life boat might have shared the fate of 1,600 others. "We were all in bed, "Mrs. Wells said, "Joan was asleep, but I was not.

When the crash came I took the children and went on deck. I hadn't more than got there when someone grabbed me, saying: "This way," and hustled me and the children up to the lifeboat. "An officer was shouting, "'Come on here, lively now, this way, women and children' and before I knew what was happening we were in a lifeboat, and the boat was going down the side while the men stood back serious and sober, watching us. "I thought even then it was some sort of a drill or something, except that just as we went down I saw a revolver in an officer's hand. "A Mrs. Davis and a little boy were in the boat with us, and she asked me what it was all about. "As soon as the boat struck water, the seaman began pulling away with all their might. As we got away, we saw a lot of wild eyed men come rushing up from steerage, but they were met by a man with a gun who pushed them back into a crowd of men and said, "Stand back there now, the first word out of you and I'll ----" I didn't catch the rest. Some of the men from the first and second class cabins were standing beside the officer. "There were 40 or 50 in our boat and I couldn't get a chance to sit down, but stood up keeping the babies warm and dry in my skirts. The sailors pulled at the oars for all they were worth, but the boat kept drifting back against the ship. Finally we got away a hundred feet and we didn't have any more trouble. We spent the night in the boat and were picked up at daybreak." (Akron Beacon Journal, April 20, 1912)

Boat 16 stayed clear of the other boats, but encountered boat 6 and gave them a fireman for rowing. As most of the port boats, it was late in reaching the Carpathia and it was commanded by master-at-arms Bailey.

Lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg

We found 33 people.

Name Age Class/Dept Ticket Joined Job Boat [Body]
16 3rd Class Passenger 348125
£7 13s
Southampton 16
19 3rd Class Passenger 350046
£7 17s 1d
Southampton 16
19 Victualling Crew
Southampton Saloon Steward (2nd class) 16
C. Andrews
35 Deck Crew
Southampton Able Seaman 16
E. Archer
46 Deck Crew
Southampton Master-at-arms 16
H. Bailey
16 3rd Class Passenger 367231
£7 15s
Queenstown 16
34 3rd Class Passenger 386525
£16 2s
Southampton 16
M. Davison
22 3rd Class Passenger 347072
£13 18s
Southampton 16
A. Dyker
27 Deck Crew
Southampton Able Seaman 16
J. Forward
17 3rd Class Passenger 35851
£7 14s 8d
Queenstown 16
K. Gilnagh
45 Victualling Crew
Southampton Stewardess 16
M. Gregson
33 3rd Class Passenger 370375
£7 15s
Queenstown 16
20 3rd Class Passenger 9234
£7 15s
Queenstown 16
28 3rd Class Passenger 36866
£7 14s 9d
Queenstown 16
28 Victualling Crew
Southampton Stewardess 16
E. Marsden
25 3rd Class Passenger 383123
£7 15s
Queenstown 16
26 3rd Class Passenger 367226
£23 5s
Queenstown 16
29 3rd Class Passenger 367226
£23 5s
Queenstown 16
24 3rd Class Passenger 367226
£23 5s
Queenstown General Labourer 16
B. McCoy
23 3rd Class Passenger 330980
£7 17s 7d
Queenstown 16
28 3rd Class Passenger 371110
£24 3s
Queenstown 16
21 3rd Class Passenger 35852
£7 14s 8d
Queenstown 16
25 3rd Class Passenger 367230
£15 10s
Queenstown 16
31 3rd Class Passenger 36568
£15 10s
Queenstown 16
18 3rd Class Passenger 367230
£15 10s
Queenstown 16
39 Engineering Crew
Southampton Trimmer 16
G. Pelham
41 Victualling Crew
Southampton Stewardess 16
M. Roberts
17 2nd Class Passenger 250652
£13
Southampton 16
L. Silvén
18 3rd Class Passenger 3101265
£6 9s 11d
Southampton 16
5 m 3rd Class Passenger 2625
£8 10s 4d
Cherbourg 16
27 2nd Class Passenger 34218
£10 10s
Southampton 16
E. Troutt
47 3rd Class Passenger 363272
£7
Southampton 16
30 2nd Class Passenger 2926
£26
Southampton 16