Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
De Mulder, Mr Theodoor ? (5 votes)
B (4 votes)
? (5 votes)
  4 or 12 (4 votes)


The Detroit News, April 21, 1912:
    “I could see that to remain was to be drowned, so, with my friends, began looking about for a raft. All we could find was a broad seat running about the side, on which there were wide cushions. We snatched up the cushions and tore off the broad seats, hoping that they would keep us afloat in the water. With one of the seats I jumped overboard. The deck was then about 25 feet above the water. I sank, but soon came up again, and then began a battle for my life.
    I could just keep my head above water by putting my weight on the seat, but found it very difficult to make any headway toward the small boats. Finally one came past me, however, and the people in it hauled me aboard. There were no women in this boat and the men were mostly members of the crew. One man had already died, and soon after I was hauled in they dropped his body overboard.
    A few minutes later I helped pull another man into the boat, an American, who was unconscious and whose body was stiff from the cold water. He revived after we got him on the Carpathia and was recovering when I left New York Friday afternoon. I do not know his name.
    When I jumped from the deck of the Titanic I lost track of my friends, and it was not until we were on the Carpathia that I learned Sap and Scherlinck were alive. But they were the only ones of our party of 20 who were saved.
    I watched the Titanic sink from the small boat, after we had rowed 300 or 400 feet away from the ship."

Some of us felt there was not enough evidence to pinpoint a lifeboat, several felt that he may have gotten up on Collapsible B, but could not guess whether he transferred to #4 or #12.