Titanic Collapsible Lifeboat A

Titanic survivors in collapsible A

Titanic collapsible lifeboat A. This collapsible boat was never launched as such from the Titanic. After boat C had been lowered from the starboard side, the crew tried to fasten boat A to the davits, but there simply was no more time. The boat was washed over the side of the ship and the canvas sides had not been put up, so it was soon awash with icy sea water. People started climbing into it from the water (and there may have been some in it when it was washed away as well) and some people said that it was full of people within a rather short period of time. According to some survivors, it turned turtle and the people in it were thrown out of it, but many scrambled back. Finally, it drifted away from the wreckage area and fewer people came near it. When the last swimmer arrived, there may have been about 30 people standing in the frail craft with water up to their knees. In the extremely cold water, people started dying and Richard Williams, who had seen his father disappear when they were swimming in the water and the funnel fell near them, estimated there were eleven who finally were rescued. Olaus Abelseth believed ten or twelve were saved including two Swedes. William Mellor also thought there were ten or twelve saved (out of 30 or 40 original survivors on the boat). Third class passenger August Wennerström (listed Andersson) estimated twelve survivors. He noticed a Swedish man holding on to his wife, who was in the sea and did not have the strength to get into the boat. The wife grew numb and drifted away and the husband died in the craft (according to Wennerström, he died on the Carpathia). Their wedding ring was left in the boat, however. After hours of suffering, the ten or twelve survivors were rescued by boat 14 who spied them and took them in.

Lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg-Klarström

We found 13 people.

Name Age Class/Dept
39 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Rhoda Mary 'Rosa' Abbott
25 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Olaus Jørgensen Abelseth
34 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Edward Brown
51 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Peter Dennis Daly
21 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of Carl Olof Jansson
31 Victualling Crew
Photograph of William Watson Lucas
21 Engineering Crew
Photograph of William McIntyre
19 2nd Class Passenger
Photograph of William John Mellors
33 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of George Alexander Lucien Rheims
41 Engineering Crew
Photograph of John William Thompson
52 Victualling Crew
Photograph of Augustus Henry Weikman
27 3rd Class Passenger
Photograph of August Wennerström
21 1st Class Passenger
Photograph of Richard Norris Williams

* Lifeboat placement tentative but supported by some documentary evidence, see each biography and Notes on the Lifeboat Lists.

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