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
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We found 35 people.

Name Age Class/Dept
37 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Richard Leonard Beckwith
46 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Sarah Maybell Beckwith
26 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Karl Howell Behr
33 Victualling Crew
42 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Edward Pennington Calderhead
36 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Eleanor Genevieve Cassebeer
32 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Bertha Chambers
27 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Norman Campbell Chambers
38 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Ruth Dodge
4 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Washington Dodge
43 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Henry Samuel Etches
36 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of John Irwin Flynn
49 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Henry William Frauenthal
42 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Clara Frauenthal
43 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Isaac Gerald Frauenthal
22 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Hedwig Margaritha Frölicher
48 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Margaretha Emerentia Frölicher-Stehli
60 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Maximilian Josef Frölicher-Stehli
47 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Samuel Levi Goldenberg
46 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Nella Carlynne Goldenberg
29 Victualling Crew
25 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of George Achilles Harder
21 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Dorothy Harder
42 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Edwin Nelson Jr. Kimball
45 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Susan Gertrude Kimball
42 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Hypatia McLaren
19 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Helen Monypeny Newsom
27 Deck Crew
34 Deck Crew
Titanic Officers
Photograph of Herbert John Pitman
35 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Spencer Victor Silverthorne
43 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Annie May Stengel
49 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Juliet Cummins Taylor
48 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Elmer Zebley Taylor
60 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Anna Sophia Warren
22 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Helen Ragnhild Østby

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