Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
Crosby, Mrs Catherine Elizabeth 5 5 5.00
Crosby, Miss Harriette Rebecca 5 5 5.00


Catherine Crosby affidavit to the American Inquiry:
    “I think it was the first or second boat that we got into. I do not recollect other boats being lowered at that time. I did not see them. This was on the left-hand side where the officer told us to come, and it was the deck above the one on which our staterooms were located; our staterooms were located on the B deck, and we went to the A deck where the officer and lifeboat were. We got into the lifeboat that was hanging over the rail alongside the deck; we got in and men and women, with their families, got in the boat with us; there was no discrimination between men and women. About 36 persons got in the boat with us. There were only two officers in the boat, and the rest were all first-class passengers.
    There were absolutely no lights in the lifeboats, and they did not even know whether the plug was in the bottom of the boat to prevent the boat from sinking; there were no lanterns, no provisions, no lights, nothing at all in these boats but the oars. One of the officers asked one of the passengers for a watch (sic – probably “match”) with which to light up the bottom of the boat to see if the plug was in place.”

Harriette Crosby in the Manitowoc Pilot of April 25, 1912:
    “Mother and I were forced to stand in the lifeboat for hours. In the boat was the lookout of the Titanic who was on watch at the time the vessel struck the iceberg. During a conversation with him he told me that he had warned the captain of the Titanic three times that the boat was approaching icebergs, but no heed was paid to them and the vessel kept on proceeding at full speed.”

Elmer Taylor stated in his memoirs:
    "All the women folk were put on board, having prevailed on the Crosbys to go with my wife, and yet the boat was not yet half full."

Harriette Crosby’s daughter stated that Elmer Taylor was in her mother’s boat, and that there was water in the bottom.

There was a good deal of discussion as to whether the Crosby ladies were in boat 5 or 7.  Mrs. Crosby’s affidavit described having a sail wrapped around her, which matches Dorothy Gibson’s description of someone being wrapped in a sail in boat 7, although it could have happened in both boats.  Harriette Crosby mentioning the presence of a lookout also matches 7 and not 5.  But boat 7 had significantly less water in the bottom than 5.  Mrs. Crosby’s count of the number of crewmen was closer to 7 than boat 5.

In the end the group decided that since Harriette Crosby clearly remembered Elmer Taylor in her boat, according to her daughter’s memory of Harriette’s description of the sinking, and Elmer Taylor specifically spoke in his memoirs about prevailing upon the Crosby ladies to enter the same boat in which he left the ship, it was decided that whichever boat Taylor was in would determine the same for the Crosby ladies.  As Elmer Taylor and his wife were given a 5.00 by the group for boat 5, this same number was applied to Catherine and Harriette being in boat 5.