||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
Dorking, Mr Edward Arthur
|| Collapsible B
Davenport Democrat and Leader, June 28, 1912:
“Just then my hand grasped the rail of the upturned collapsible boat.”
The Denver Post, July 29, 1912:
“I climbed to the bottom of an overturned boat and watched the Titanic not 20 yards away.”
Bureau County Republican, May 2, 1912:
"It seemed to me that a half hour elapsed from the time I left the ship until an upturned life-boat with about thirty men and one woman on it, passed the spot where I was swimming. ... was fortunate enough to grasp the side of the upturned life-boat as it floated past me."
Worcester Evening Gazette, April 20, 1912:
"As the boat sank lower and lower behind us we saw something bobbing about on the waves far ahead. We made for it. It proved to be a raft. My head was just going below the water when a wave picked me up and dumped me within reaching distance of the raft."
The Decatur Herald of May 26, 1912:
"Dorkings swam three quarters of an hour until he was taken aboard the upturned boat that young Widener, the son of the multi-millionaire of Philadelphia was on and was picked up by the same boat containing Mrs. John Jacob Astor."
The Bureau County Tribune of May 12, 1912:
"The Carpathia picked us up around day-break, but three of the people on the lifeboat had died before we reached the Carpathia."
The Syracuse Herald of April 21, 1912 features Dorking, Sunderland and O'Keefe and indicates they were all on the same overturned boat.
In the La Salle Daily Tribune of April 25, 1912 Dorking states that his companions were with him when he reached the boat.
After the disaster, Dorking gave public addresses about his experience. From the Bureau County Republican, May 2, 1912:
“There were about sixteen lifeboats lowered away, that being all that were on board the Titanic. As the last boat [departed?] I turned to go below to get my life-belt, which was under my bunk. As I passed the engine room, I saw Captain Smith, standing in the doorway, giving orders to the crew. ….. I never reached the life preserver. The water by that time was above my bunk and I had to retreat to the deck. …… As I clung to the ship rail, turning the situation over in my mind, I finally concluded that I would take a chance of jumping into the water and risk being picked up by some of the boats. …… It seemed to me that a half hour elapsed from the time I left the ship until an upturned life-boat with about thirty men and one woman on it, passed the spot where I was swimming. …. I was fortunate enough to grasp the side of the upturned life-boat as it floated past me. I clung on with both hands. When my strength was about giving out, the men on the raft gave me assistance and dragged me over the side to a place of safety. We drifted about during the remainder of the night, suffering intensely from cold and exposure. Three of our number died and were thrown overboard and two others slipped off and failed to get back again. …. As the morning light was dawning, we were picked up by a rescue-boat. I guess I must have become unconscious then, for when I woke up, my companions were feebly cheering at sight of the Carpathia, standing off about a mile distant.”
It seems very clear that Dorking climbed aboard Collapsible B. If The Decatur Herald and The Bureau County Tribune accounts are true, then he also went from Collapsible B to lifeboat 4.