St. Paul Dispatch, April 27, 1912:
everything we had in the disaster,” said Mr. De
Messemaker. “It was too terrible to think about” he
said. “My wife cannot speak English. She was taken
off in the first boat that left the Titanic. When we
parted we thought it was forever.
When boat No. 13, which
left last of all except one was being loaded, there
was a shortage of men. They asked me if I could row
and when I said yes they told me to get in. There
were no more women in sight then. There were seven
men in that No. 13 and a good many women."
He seems to say his wife left in the first boat (#9?)
and that he left in 13.