Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
Devaney, Miss Margaret Delia 9 (7 votes)
Coll. C (2 votes)
9 (7 votes)
Coll. C (2 votes)


Irish American Advocate, April 27, 1912
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, April 20, 1912
Troy (NY) Daily Times, August 6, 1912.
Boston Post, August 6, 1912
Irish American Advocate, October 12, 1912
Jersey Journal, April 6, 1962

Summary of information from the above articles:
    Miss Devaney went up to the second class deck. She entered a boat that had male passengers, two of whom got out to make room for her. They left from the port side. They had trouble getting the oars loose. The boat did not tie up to any others. She burned her straw hat. She estimated twenty-six people in the boat, and the "officer" who gave her the pennant said she saved thirty-two lives.

If she did indeed leave from the port side in a boat with that many people that didn't tie up to any others, it could not have been a port boat. Could it have been boat #9 instead?

If it was a starboard boat, #9 fits better than 11, 13 and 15, all of which were heavily loaded. Not tying up to other lifeboats would seem to eliminate all the aft port boats. It's very unlikely she could have got into any of the early forward boats. Her claim about having to push the boat away from the ship's hull during the lowering process also indicates it was a starboard boat. The ship's list wasn't very pronounced until later in the sinking. There is a mention of the boats rubbing against the hull at 13 and 15, but no major issues impeded lowering on the starboard side until Collapsible C.

Lifeboat #9 seems to fit best. Approx. 40 people (as opposed to 32), but far better than 11, 13, and 15 which are all 50 and up. And we know almost no men were allowed in the port boats, so starboard fits better in that respect. []  But some felt that Collapsible C was still a possibility, hence our split vote.