||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
Master Hudson Trevor
Miss Amelia Mary
Miss Alice Catherine
|Faulkner, Mr William Stephen||11
Mrs Alice Gray
In identifying Alice Silvey’s lifeboat, four other occupants were included in the analysis. They were first class passengers Trevor Allison and Alice Cleaver, second class passenger Amelia Brown, and first class steward William Faulkner.
From the Duluth Herald of May 1, 1912, Mrs. Silvey stated:
“Seventy people were crowded into the lifeboat in which I was placed. A petty officer was in charge and six sailors were at the oars. The boat was one of the first to leave the ship and there was little confusion in loading it and getting it away. When I stepped into the boat I stepped on the man under the seat and strained my ankle. I saw the man later on the Carpathia and recognised him. He slunk away when he saw me looking at him.
There were no lights in the lifeboat, no food and no comforts of any kind. Whether there was any water or not I do not know.
Some of the women in the boat had not taken the precaution to dress warmly and they suffered from exposure. There were four babies, three of them motherless. One was the Allison child, which was saved with its nurse, while the mother and father went down. The babies had been wrapped in blankets and thrown into the lifeboat.”
This placed her in the same lifeboat as the Allison child and his governess, Alice Cleaver.
After Alice Cleaver arrived in Montreal and shared her story with the families of Mr. and Mrs. Allison, Bess Allison’s mother in turn shared the description in letters to her older daughter. Miss Cleaver described finding herself in the same boat as Amelia Brown, and that a steward had held Trevor while she entered. Because he was holding a baby he in turn was allowed to enter the boat.
This placed Amelia Brown in the same boat as Alice Cleaver and Trevor Allison, and therefore the same boat as Alice Silvey.
The Liverpool Echo of April 14, 1986 contains an interview with the granddaughter of steward William Faulkner.
"A first class steward, he was pushed into a lifeboat by unknown hands, because he was consoling a crying infant, whose mother could not be found."
Apparently he was checking the various cabins to make sure no-one was trapped inside, when he bumped into a nanny, carrying a baby. She asked if he would mind holding the infant while she searched for its mother."
As Trevor Allison was the only child with a “nanny” who was separated from his parents, this identifies the steward described by Alice Cleaver as William Faulkner, even if the account by his granddaughter is somewhat different from what Mrs. Allison’s mother described seventy-four years earlier. In addition, the 1986 article showed that Faulkner saved a key labelled C-24, while the Allison party occupied staterooms C-22 and C-26 according to the 3rd Proof first class passenger list issued to stewards (including the copy saved by William Faulkner). This also provides a connection to the Allison party.
As to identifying the lifeboat number these five people were in, Amelia Brown wrote a letter to her mother in which she indicated the forward list of the ship as it sank by drawing a line at an angle. It placed her in a starboard boat. Mrs. Silvey stated that there were seventy occupants, which rules out a forward boat. She also indicated there were relatively few men, which rules out boat 15. Since William Faulkner was only allowed to enter because he was carrying the Allison baby, it also rules out boat 15, where many men were allowed in.
None of these people described a boat coming down from above, which rules out boat 13.
Amelia Brown stated that the boat was entered from a first class deck. This, and the high number of occupants, rules out boat 9 which was loaded from the boat deck. Alice Silvey described there being three babies who were “motherless.” Evidence from Jane Quick and Ruth Becker has shown that when boat 11 was becoming so full the crew were trying to no longer load adults, but only allowing children to enter. A woman beside Ruth Becker in boat 13 told her, through an interpreter, that her baby had been placed in the previous boat, but that she was not allowed to enter.
It is believed that Geoffrey Marcus may have interviewed Alice Cleaver for his book, Maiden Voyage. He specifically places her and Trevor Allison in boat 11, although a specific source is not given.
Because the evidence pointed to boat 11 after ruling out the others, but because none of the adult witnesses gave specifically enough evidence to confirm the boat number, the team voted a 4.00 for all five of these survivors.