Officers in Charge of Loading Crew in Charge of Lifeboat Lifeboat Survivor Totals
|Port Side||Starboard Side|
|Time||Boat||In Charge of Lifeboat||Time||Boat||In Charge of Lifeboat|
|12:45||12:45||5||3rd Officer Pitman|
|1:00||8||AB Seaman Jones||1:00|
|1:25||14||5th Officer Lowe||1:25|
|1:30||12||AB Seaman Pogndestre||1:30||9||Boatswain Haines|
|Leading Fireman Barrett
|1:45||2||4th Officer Boxhall||1:45|
|AB Seaman Buley
|2:15||(B)||2nd Officer Lightoller1||2:15||(A)||none|
Interesting! 4 out of the 6 Quartermasters are in charge of lifeboats. Of the other 2, Wynn was in 9 (under Boatswain Haines), and Olliver was in 5 (under 3rd Officer Pittman).
Appears to me that, specifically on the starboard side, Murdoch ran out of 'qualified' personnel to put in charge, and had to resort to other crew, such as Firemen Barrett & Dymond (this is not meant as insult to either of these men, just that I would suppose normal procedure would give this duty to men of the Deck Department). Quartermaster Rowe had been busy with rockets and the Morse Lamp during the earlier launchings, and wasn't available until sometime after 1:50 AM, when the last rocket was fired.
All in all, the assigment of 'in charges' shows evidence of some of the chaos on the decks that night.
1In actual fact, no one was appointed 'in charge' of
Lightoller assumed command, as highest rank among the survivors on the
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