||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
|Compton, Mrs Mary Eliza||14||Collapsible D||5.00|
|Compton, Miss Sara Rebecca||14||Collapsible D||5.00|
Archibald Gracie's The Truth About the Titanic (pages 167-70) relates details regarding the two women leaving the Titanic in lifeboat #14. Miss Compton relates to Gracie, and he paraphrases:
"As she stood on the rail to step into boat No.14 it was impossible to see whether she would step into the boat or into the water. She was pushed into the boat with such violence that she found herself on her hands and knees, but fortunately
landed on a coil of rope.
Just before the boat was lowered a man jumped in. He was immediately hauled out. Mr. Lowe then pulled his revolver and said: ''If anyone else tries that this is what he will get.'' He then fired his revolver in the air."
Miss Compton then makes it clear she was transferred to Collapsible D, when Lowe move many people out of #14 before he moved back into the wreckage to look for survivors. She also says #14 took D in tow.
"Miss Compton's account corroborates other information about boat No. 14, which we have elsewhere. She was among the number transferred to Engelhardt boat 'D.' 'I now found myself', she said, 'in the stern of a collapsible boat.'"
With daylight we saw the Carpathian and not so very long afterwards Officer Lowe, sailing towards us, for, as he had
predicted, quite a strong breeze had sprung up. We caught the rope which he threw us from the stern of his boat. Someone in ours succeeded in catching it and we were taken in tow to the Carpathia."
This is confirmed by Mrs. Compton's account in the Asbury Park Evening Press, 20 April 1912:
"My daughter and I were lifted in the boat commanded by the fifth officer.
There was a moan of agony and anguish from those in our boat when the Titanic sank, and we insisted that the officer head back for the place where the Titanic had disappeared. We found one man with a life preserver on him struggling in the cold water and for a moment I thought that he was my son.�