Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
Daniels, Mr Sidney Edward Collapsible B 4 5.00 (for Coll. B)
3.14 (transfer to 4)


Commutator #211, from The News (Portsmouth) 9/2/79:
    “I climbed on the taffrail and held onto a boat davit preparing to jump into the water. It was icy cold, icy cold and black, and I had to be really determined to swim away into the darkness, away from the liner’s lights, but I knew the suction would pull me down if I stayed close. …. A darker shape proved to be the capsized Collapsible B that Daniels had cut free. “I wish I could have kept that knife! It was instrumental in saving 24 lives including my own!” He hauled himself up on her keel and sat on the planking, just out of the water where two dozen crew and passengers clung together. “It was bitterly cold and by morning the man huddled beside me died from exposure. ….. We were rescued by one of our lifeboats which took us to the Carpathia.”

An account for the Southampton City Heritage Oral History, sometime prior to 1991, gives pretty much the same account.
    "Climbing onto 'the upturned boat', the man next to him dying. He did say 'There were twenty of us on the two different boats. And they took us to the Carpathia.” (Lifeboats #4 and #12 that took the survivors off collapsible B)

From the Western Daily Mercury, April 29th 1912:     
    "We filled the boats with women and children, and got them away safely. I stayed on deck, not thinking the ship was going down, but when she gradually became submerged, and the water came over the boat deck and the bows, I knew there was no hope, so jumped overboard. I swam about for four or five minutes, till I reached an upturned collapsible boat, to which twenty-seven others were clinging, including a saloon passenger and two third class passengers (an Irishman and a Swede) and the second officer. We clung to this boat for five hours until picked up by the Carpathia.  .....  As it was, the second officer fell off the boat to which we clung, and was not seen afterwards."

If Mr. Daniels thought that Second Officer Lightoller had fallen off Collapsible B, then it seems that he had to have transferred to #4, and not #12.  We know with a certainty that Lightoller was the last man to transfer to #12, and it would be very unlikely for Daniels to miss seeing him as he moved between the boats, if he was going into #12.