||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
|Bonnell, Miss Caroline T.||8||8||5.00|
|Bonnell, Miss Elizabeth||8||8||5.00|
|Wick, Mrs Mary J.||8||8||5.00|
|Wick, Miss Mary Natalie||8||8||5.00|
Miss Bonnell wrote this account while on the Carpathia. From On Board RMS Titanic by George Behe, page 211:
"The boat we were in was the second to be let down over the side, but the first to strike the water. In it, though it would have held more, were but twenty women, two sailors and a steward. The latter were to do the rowing. As we took to the oars, the officers shouted to us to row over to a distant light and to land there, sending the boat back for others....
We were provided with the most miserable oil lamp I ever saw. I guess it didn't have any kerosene in it for it kept going out as fast as we lighted it with the matches which the steward happened to bring along. We couldn’t have been seen at all or signaled at all had it not been for the fact that some woman had a cane with a little electric light in the end of it....
The men were exhausted so we women took a hand. But those oars - they were the heaviest I have ever seen. I am a good oarsman but with the aid of another woman I could scarcely swing one of them. There were three sets of them and they all had to be used to make any progress....
And then somebody looked back - and there - there was a big search light shining on the bow of a great liner.”
Everything she says describes boat #8 - the number of crew, having to turn back after rowing toward the light, the problems with the oil lamp etc.
Natalie Wick was Caroline Bonnell’s cousin, and Gracie in his The Truth About the Titanic confirms that the Wicks were in #8 even though he doesn’t list the Bonnells.
From the Youngstown Telegram, April 19, 1912, Caroline Bonnell said:
"We four women went to the lifeboat deck and from there were lowered into a lifeboat."
Everything we have says the four women were in #8.