Titanic Collapsible Lifeboat 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

We found 14 people.

Name Age Class/Dept Ticket Joined Job Boat [Body]
39 3rd Class Passenger CA2673
£20 5s
Southampton A
R. Abbott
25 3rd Class Passenger 348122
£7 13s
Southampton Farmer A
O. Abelseth
36 1st Class Passenger 13050
£75 4s 10d
Southampton Landowner A[331]
T. Beattie
21 3rd Class Passenger 350034
£7 15s 11d
Southampton A
30 3rd Class Passenger 349910
£15 11s
Southampton A
E. Lindell
36 3rd Class Passenger 349910
£15 11s
Southampton General Labourer A
E. Lindell
31 Victualling Crew
Belfast Saloon Steward (1st class) A
W. Lucas
19 2nd Class Passenger SW/PP 751
£10 10s
Southampton Salesman A
W. Mellors
44 3rd Class Passenger 323592
£7 5s
Southampton Farmer A[332]
32 3rd Class Passenger 347079
£7 15s 6d
Southampton Seaman A
33 1st Class Passenger 17607
£39 12s
Cherbourg Businessman A
G. Rheims
35 Engineering Crew
Southampton Fireman A
J. Thompson
27 3rd Class Passenger 350043
£7 15s 11d
Southampton A
A. Wennerström
21 1st Class Passenger 17597
£61 7s 7d
Cherbourg Sportsman A
R. Williams