Titanic Lifeboat No. 5

Titanic lifeboat 5. The second boat lowered on the starboard side. Third Officer Pitman was sent in charge of the boat, having five other crew with him as well as two stewardesses. Passengers were still a bit reluctant to enter the boats at this time.

''In our party, '' said Mr. Behr, ''were Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Beckwith and Mrs. Beckwith's daughter, Miss Helen W. Newsom, all of New York. As we started out from our staterooms orders were being shouted to put on life belts. We did so quickly and then ran for the top deck, the superdeck. There was a strained calmness aboard the ship. We met Captain Smith and he shouted to all to put on life belts. Most of the passengers were gathering on deck A to get into the lifeboats. Mr. Ismay was directing the launching. When Mrs. Beckwith reached the second boat she asked Mr. Ismay if the men could get in too. 'Certainly, Madam,' answered Mr. Ismay. Then we stepped into the boat. After we were in I heard Mr. Ismay calling out, 'Are there any more to get into this boat? None appeared. Mr. Ismay was calm and cool and giving orders without any indication of fear. We waited three minutes, and when no one else appeared he directed that the boat be lowered. The officer in charge of our boat did not dare row back toward the Titanic for fear we would be swamped by some of the hundreds we could see swimming not far away. We floated until dawn and were about one mile away from where the Titanic went down when the Carpathia picked us up....'' (New York Herald, Saturday, April 20, 1912)

Several couples entered the boat, including the Kimballs, Goldenbergs, Chambers and Harders. Mrs. Stengel did not want to leave her husband. He stayed on the ship but later found refuge in boat 1. Mrs. Warren entered the boat with Miss Ostby and believed Mr. Warren had followed her into the boat, but he stayed on the ship and was lost. When no more women were found, some men passengers were allowed to enter it. When the boat was in the process of being lowered, some people were slightly anxious, as it seemed they were going to 'turn turtle.' After having rowed away, they encountered boat 7 in mid-ocean and four people changed boats (cf. boat 7). Officer Pitman said that he wanted to row back to look for survivors in the water, but apparently passengers persuaded him not to do this.

Mrs. Warren thought there were 35 or 36 people in the boat, Officer Pitman estimated over 50, Karl Behr thought there were about 40, Mrs. Cassebeere thought 37 and Dr. Frauenthal stated 34, half of whom were men.

There were probably 35 or 36 people in the boat when lowered. No. 5 was one of the first boats to reach the Carpathia.

Lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg

We found 34 people.

Name Age Class/Dept Ticket Joined Job Boat [Body]
22 1st Class Passenger 113509
£61 19s 7d
Southampton   5 
37 1st Class Passenger 11751
£52 11s 1d
Southampton   5 
46 1st Class Passenger 11751
£52 11s 1d
Southampton   5 
26 1st Class Passenger 111369
£30
Cherbourg   5 
33 Victualling Crew
Southampton Stewardess   5 
42 1st Class Passenger 17476
£26 5s 9d
Southampton   5 
36 1st Class Passenger 17770
£27 14s 5d
Cherbourg   5 
27 1st Class Passenger 113806
£53 2s
Southampton   5 
32 1st Class Passenger 113806
£53 2s
Southampton   5 
34 1st Class Passenger 33638
£81 17s 2d
Southampton   5 
4 1st Class Passenger 33638
£81 17s 2d
Southampton   5 
43 Victualling Crew
Belfast First class bedroom steward   5 
36 1st Class Passenger PC 14474
£26 5s 9d
Southampton   5 
43 1st Class Passenger 17765
£27 14s 5d
Cherbourg   5 
49 1st Class Passenger 17611
£133 13s
Southampton Doctor   5 
42 1st Class Passenger 17611
£133 13s
Southampton   5 
22 1st Class Passenger 13568
£49 10s
Cherbourg   5 
60 1st Class Passenger 13567
£79 4s
Cherbourg   5 
48 1st Class Passenger 13567
£79 4s
Cherbourg   5 
47 1st Class Passenger 17453
£89 2s 1d
Cherbourg   5 
40 1st Class Passenger 17453
£89 2s 1d
Cherbourg   5 
29 Victualling Crew
Southampton Boots   5 
25 1st Class Passenger 11765
£55 8s 10d
Cherbourg Businessman   5 
21 1st Class Passenger 11765
£55 8s 10d
Cherbourg   5 
42 1st Class Passenger 11753
£52 11s 1d
Southampton   5 
45 1st Class Passenger 11753
£52 11s 1d
Southampton   5 
19 1st Class Passenger 11752
£26 5s 8d
Southampton   5 
27 Deck Crew
Belfast Quartermaster   5 
34 Deck Crew
Titanic Officers

Belfast 3rd. Officer   5 
35 1st Class Passenger 17475
£26 5s 9d
Southampton   5 
43 1st Class Passenger 11778
£55 8s 10d
Cherbourg   5 
48 1st Class Passenger 19996
£52
Southampton Manufacturer   5 
49 1st Class Passenger 19996
£52
Southampton   5 
60 1st Class Passenger 110813
£75 5s
Cherbourg   5