||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
|Crawford, Mr Alfred George||8||8||5.00|
|Bird, Miss Ellen||8||8||5.00|
|Cherry, Miss Gladys||8||8||5.00|
|Oliva y Ocaña, Doña Fermina||8||8||5.00|
|Peñasco y Castellana, Mrs Maria Josefa||8||8||5.00|
Crawford’s testimony at the American Inquiry page 827 says he helped load #8, and was ordered in by Captain Smith. He also mentions Ellen Bird, the maid to Mrs. Straus, getting in.
“Mr. CRAWFORD. Which was No. 8. Mr. Wilde, the chief officer, was there. We filled that boat up with women first. Mrs. Isidore Straus and her husband were there, and she made an attempt to get into the boat first. She had placed her maid in the boat previous to that. She handed her maid a rug, and she stepped back and clung to her husband and said "We have been together all these years. Where you go I go." After that Capt. Smith came to the boat and asked how many men were in the boat. There were two sailors. He told me to get into the boat. He gave me orders to ship the rowlocks and to pull for a light. He directed me to a light over there. We were pulling for about six hours, I should say, and there were four men in the boat and a lady at the tiller all night.
Senator SMITH. Do you know what lady that was?
Mr. CRAWFORD. I have found out since. It was the Countess of Rothe. She was a countess; I do not know exactly her proper name.”
Miss Cherry wrote (Aug 17 1912, letter to her mother, printed in On Board RMS Titanic by Behe, page 149)
“Noel (Countess Rothes) and I went to bed at 10 p.m. very gay we felt that night, and at a quarter to 12 we were awakened by an awful sort of bang. ….. then the boats began to be filled with women, we were about the fourth to be lowered 75 feet from the top deck - we had a terrible scene with a little Spanish lady, who would cling to her husband and at last he threw her in our arms and asked us to take care of her - we were only 24 women in our boat, with one Able Seaman and two stewards who could not row!”
We know Countess Rothes was in #8, so Miss Cherry had to be too.
The THS Commutator #205, page 8, has the following information about Mrs. Peñasco (the Spanish lady):
“Victor (Peñasco) returned to his cabin to pick up Pepita and later, to call Fermina (her maid). Both later embarked in lifeboat number 8. The Countess of Rothes took care of Pepita and tried to calm her during the night. ‘Take care of her’, Victor said to the Countess and her cousin Gladys Cherry.”