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 Ticket Joined Job Boat [Body]
32 1st Class Passenger
Servant
11813
£76 5s 10d
Cherbourg Personal Maid   8 
39 1st Class Passenger
Servant
17760
£63 7s 2d
Cherbourg Personal Maid   8 
31 1st Class Passenger
Servant
17483
£221 15s 7d
Southampton Personal Maid   8 
30 1st Class Passenger 36928
£164 17s 4d
Southampton   8 
61 1st Class Passenger 113783
£26 11s
Southampton   8 
58 1st Class Passenger 11813
£76 5s 10d
Cherbourg   8 
30 1st Class Passenger 110152
£86 10s
Southampton Of Independent Means   8 
43 Victualling Crew
Belfast Bed Room Steward   8 
36 1st Class Passenger
Servant
113781
£151 16s
Southampton Personal Maid   8 
35 1st Class Passenger 113789
£52
Southampton   8 
32 Deck Crew
Southampton Able Seaman   8 
40 1st Class Passenger 17464
£51 17s 3d
Southampton   8 
49 1st Class Passenger 17465
£25 18s 7d
Southampton Doctor   8 
20 1st Class Passenger
Servant
110152
£86 10s
Southampton Personal Maid   8 
39 1st Class Passenger
Servant
17758
£108 18s
Cherbourg Personal Maid   8 
45 Deck Crew
Southampton Able Seaman   8 
22 1st Class Passenger 113776
£66 12s
Southampton   8 
22 1st Class Passenger 17758
£108 18s
Cherbourg Of Independent Means   8 
33 1st Class Passenger 110152
£86 10s
Southampton Of Independent Means   8 
46 1st Class Passenger 17466
£25 18s 7d
Southampton   8 
39 1st Class Passenger 110413
£79 13s
Southampton   8 
18 1st Class Passenger 110413
£79 13s
Southampton   8 
55 1st Class Passenger 17760
£135 12s 8d
Cherbourg   8 
45 1st Class Passenger 36928
£164 17s 4d
Southampton   8 
31 1st Class Passenger 36928
£164 17s 4d
Southampton   8 
21 1st Class Passenger 113795
£26 11s
Southampton   8 
36 1st Class Passenger 17760
£135 12s 8d
Cherbourg   8