Titanic Lifeboat No. 8

Titanic lifeboat 8. Very likely the first boat lowered on the port side. The officers were strict on the port side of the ship and allowed only women passengers to enter the boats. Mrs. Penasco was persuaded to enter it together with her maid, Fermina Oliva. When the lifeboat was in the water, she realized her husband probably would not survived and had to be comforted by the Countess of Rothes. About 20 or 22 ladies had found seats in the boat, including Mrs. Straus' maid and Mrs. Allison's maid. There were four crew; two seamen, a steward and a kitchen hand. There were probably about 26 people in the boat. In the words of Mrs. Swift:

''There were twenty-two persons, including three seamen and a steward, aboard our boat, and as we were suspended over the water far below Captain Smith tucked a loaf of bread in the bow, where there were two casks of water....Slowly we dropped down, down and down until the keel of our tiny craft struck the sea and the captain shouted to pull over to a red light in the distance...we also began to realize that the seamen were not oarsmen. One was unable to pull the long heavy oar with any strength and Mrs. Swift took his place....the weak and unskilled steward and some of the other men sat quietly in one end of the boat. The countess of Rothes was an expert oarswoman.' (New York Herald, Friday, April 19, 1912)

Lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg

We found 27 people.

Name Age Class/Dept
31 1st Class Passenger
Servant
39 1st Class Passenger
Servant
31 1st Class Passenger
Servant
61 1st Class Passenger
E. Bonnell
30 1st Class Passenger
C. Bonnell
58 1st Class Passenger
E. Bucknell
30 1st Class Passenger
G. Cherry
43 Victualling Crew
36 1st Class Passenger
Servant
35 1st Class Passenger
M. Holverson
34 Deck Crew
T. Jones
40 1st Class Passenger
49 1st Class Passenger
A. Leader
20 1st Class Passenger
Servant
R. Maioni
39 1st Class Passenger
Servant
45 Deck Crew
C. Pascoe
22 1st Class Passenger
E. Pears
22 1st Class Passenger
33 1st Class Passenger
L. Rothes
46 1st Class Passenger
M. Swift
18 1st Class Passenger
39 1st Class Passenger
T. Taussig
55 1st Class Passenger
E. White
31 1st Class Passenger
M. Wick
45 1st Class Passenger
M. Wick
21 1st Class Passenger
C. Willard
36 1st Class Passenger
M. Young