||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
|Dodge, Dr Henry Washington||13
|Dodge, Mrs Ruth||5||7||5.00|
|Dodge, Master Washington [child]||5||7
Testimony of Frederick Dent Ray, page 804:
Mr. RAY. .... Then I went to No. 13 boat. I saw that about half filled with women and children. They said, "A few of you men get in here." There were about nine to a dozen men there, passengers and crew. I saw Mr. Washington Dodge there, asking where his wife and child were. He said they had gone away in one of the boats. He was standing well back from the boat, and I said, "You had better get in here, then." I got behind him and pushed him and I followed.
We got oars and pushed it off from the side of the ship. It seemed impossible to lower the boat without being swamped; we pushed it out from the side of the ship and the next I knew we were in the water free from this discharge. I do not think there were any sailors or quartermasters in the boat, because they apparently did not know how to get free from the tackle. They called for knives to cut the boat loose, and somebody gave them a knife and they cut the boat loose. In the meantime we were drifting a little aft and boat No. 15 was being lowered immediately upon us, about 2 feet over our heads, and we all shouted again, and they again replied very promptly and stopped lowering boat No. 15."
On April 16th Mr. Dodge wrote the following account for Carpathia passenger Dr. Frank Blackmarr:
"When boat 13 was lowered to A deck and loaded, I went to the deck after 8 or 10 women had been placed aboard, no other women or children were within hearing, I proposed to the officers to respond to the officers call. A number of men then climbed over the rail into the boat. Some were pushing behind and shouted 'Get in, Doctor.' .... To add to our anxiety, boat 15 had been lowered directly over our heads owing to the fact that the steamer had settled somewhat into the water by her bow. Both boats were being lowered when we heard cries of warning. When cries of warning were heard above the lowering of both boats was arrested. We had no officer or seaman in our boats to act on this, but fortunately were able to disengage our oars and with it [them?] push the bow of our boat, which overhung the threatening water from the pump 8 or 10 feet from the ship’s side while releasing the trigger, we had dropped [into the water.] We were pushed swiftly away from the ship’s side by the great force of the water, the ocean being as calm as a smooth film."
After the Carpathia’s arrival in New York, Mr. Dodge presented the following address to San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club describing his experiences on the Titanic:
"I placed my wife and child in the next boat, No. 3, - boats on the starboard side having the odd numbers. This boat was
ordered lowered when it contained less than thirty-five persons."
Dr. Dodge counted the boat numbers wrong. This is from Mrs. Dodge: "I was trying to keep baby from realization of what was happening, but when these women shrieked he would begin crying… "Finally I did what everyone thinks a strange thing. I changed lifeboats in midocean. (…) They offered to take any of us aboard, and to get away from the hysteria of the others I changed."
We know that #3, the boat that Dr. Dodge thought he put his wife and clild in, did not transfer people during the night. However, #5, the boat next to it, did. We have the following from 3rd Officer Pitman at the American Inquiry, page 299:
" "My idea of lashing Nos. 5 and 7 together was to keep together so that if anything hove in sight before daylight we could steady ourselves and cause a far bigger show than one boat only... I transferred two men and a woman and a child from my boat [#5] into that boat [# 7]."
We are positive that Mr. Dodge put his wife and child into #5, with Officer Pitman, before moving aft and getting into #13. We are also positive that Mrs. Dodge and child transferred from #5 to #7, after the lifeboats left the ship.