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
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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
Photograph of Elizabeth Bonnell
30 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Caroline Bonnell
58 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Emma Eliza Bucknell
30 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Gladys Cherry
43 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Alfred George Crawford
36 1st Class Passenger
Servant
35 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Mary Alice Holverson
34 Deck Crew
Photograph of Thomas William Jones
40 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Marion Estelle Kenyon
49 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Alice May Leader
20 1st Class Passenger
Servant
Photograph of Roberta Elizabeth Mary Maioni
39 1st Class Passenger
Servant
45 Deck Crew
Photograph of Charles Henry Pascoe
22 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Edith Pears
22 1st Class Passenger
33 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Lucy Noël Martha, Countess of Rothes
46 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Margaret Welles Swift
39 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Tillie Taussig
18 1st Class Passenger
55 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Ella White
31 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Mary Natalie Wick
45 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Mary Peebles Wick
21 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Constance Willard
36 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Marie Grice Young

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