Titanic Collapsible Lifeboat C

Titanic collapsible lifeboat C. The ninth and last boat lowered on the starboard side.

Bruce Ismay had been quite active on the starboard side all night, assisting passengers into boats, more or less urging them to get away. Now, he was standing close to the collapsible lifeboat C, which had been fitted into the empty davits after boat No. 1, which had left 20-30 minutes earlier. Those near the boat seem to have been third class passengers, many from the Middle East. Quartermaster Rowe had been assisting with the Morse lamp, trying to contact ships in the vicinity and with firing rockets.

Mrs. Goldsmith and her young son Frank entered the boat with a few younger lady friends from England. When about 25-28 women and children had been assisted into the boat, five crew were ordered in as well as quartermaster Rowe. Seeing there were a few seats still free, Ismay and another first class passenger, William Carter, who had left his family at boat 4, entered it and the boat was lowered away. Mr. Ismay was later heavily criticized for his escape and he was portrayed as ''Brute Ismay'' in some newspapers. Some have theorized that he jumped into the boat, despite there being women still near boat C. Others claim there were none, and his escape was justified; he was a passenger just like any other passenger. Be that as it may, he survived, working at an oar, his back to the ship so as to avoid having to watch the end. Boat C was probably lowered away about 20 minutes before the ship sank.

While rowing away from the ship four Chinese third class passengers were discovered in the bottom of the boat. Mrs. Goldsmith noticed them along with other passengers and they told QM Rowe in charge about them. Mrs. Goldsmith thought there were 30 women, five crew and four Chinese and her son in the boat. QM Rowe thought there were 39 and Bruce Ismay estimated 40-45 in the boat.

In all likelihood, there were just under 40 people in the boat. They picked up nobody from the sea and possibly reached the Carpathia as the tenth or twelfth boat.

Lifeboat summary by Peter Engberg

We found 45 people.

Name Age Class/Dept
45 3rd Class Passenger
15 3rd Class Passenger
B. Ayyūb-Dāhir
3 3rd Class Passenger
5 3rd Class Passenger
23 3rd Class Passenger
9 m 3rd Class Passenger
18 3rd Class Passenger
E. Badman
32 3rd Class Passenger
36 1st Class Passenger
W. Carter
32 3rd Class Passenger
19 3rd Class Passenger
M. Devaney
38 3rd Class Passenger
31 3rd Class Passenger
E. Goldsmith
9 3rd Class Passenger
F. Goldsmith
24 3rd Class Passenger
22 3rd Class Passenger
H. Hellström
26 3rd Class Passenger
M. Howard
23 Engineering Crew
A. Hunt
34 3rd Class Passenger
A. Hyman
18 3rd Class Passenger
49 1st Class Passenger
J. Ismay
43 Engineering Crew
T. Knowles
38 3rd Class Passenger
51 Victualling Crew
C. Mills
7 3rd Class Passenger
25 3rd Class Passenger
4 3rd Class Passenger
22 3rd Class Passenger
15 3rd Class Passenger
1 3rd Class Passenger
19 3rd Class Passenger
20 3rd Class Passenger
14 3rd Class Passenger
11 3rd Class Passenger
22 3rd Class Passenger
26 3rd Class Passenger
31 Deck Crew
21 3rd Class Passenger
24 3rd Class Passenger
A. Stanley
8 3rd Class Passenger
9 3rd Class Passenger
27 3rd Class Passenger
27 3rd Class Passenger
2 3rd Class Passenger
23 3rd Class Passenger