||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
Gilnagh, Miss Mary Katherine
|Mullen, Miss Katherine||10||10||3.94|
In a letter to Ed Kamuda in the 1960s (printed in Commutator #197 and #226), Mrs Manning (Gilnagh) said:
“I think it was the last boat on my side that they were lowering and when I saw Kate Mullins in the boat I told the person in charge that my sister was in the boat. So they stopped lowering and told me to take a good jump. I was lucky, since the boat was swaying back and forth, and landed in the boat. …… As a matter of fact, the lady before me missed her step or her jump and had to be taken back on board, since she had broken her leg. After the lifeboat reached the water we still had to remain standing. The lifeboat was picked up about nine hours later."
In a 1962 UPI story Katherine Gilnagh Manning again talks about the woman who fell getting into the boat, and being pulled back on board. She says in her interviews this woman was just ahead of her, and that she was the last to get in. There was a woman who fell between boat 10 and the ship's side who had to be hauled back on board, and she was one of the last to try and enter. In the same interview Mrs. Manning says they pulled some of the swimmers into her boat. Her lifeboat was tied up to another.
Kate Mullen, from the Longford Leader, May 18th 1912:
"Don’t you think I went through enough on my first trip across the Atlantic? I was the last person put in the last boat just fifteen minutes before the Titanic disappeared. I saw her going down. It was dreadful to see, and hear the cries of the last people on board after the last boat had left. When the funnels disappeared beneath the waves the ship rose up a tremendous height and with a roar like thunder disappeared forever into the depths of the sea.
There were 50 people in our boat and we were like eggs in a box but felt glad to have escaped with our lives. We tried to warm ourselves as well as we could but it was difficult as the boat was quarter-full with ice and water.
We got into the boat at 12.30 at night and until 9.30 the next morning we were surrounded by huge icebergs with hardly anything but light clothes on. The cold was intense and when the Carpathia arrived we were in a dreadful state from exposure and hunger."
Katie Gilnagh, from the Irish Post, May 25th 1912:
" Among the passengers who were saved from the ill-fated Titanic was a young lady named Miss Katie Gilnagh, of Killoe, Co. Longford, whose photo we reproduce. She has written to her parents in Longford giving a graphic narrative of her experience."
In her letter she states that she and another girl named McCoy were the last two girls taken on the last boat, and a young man who had previously gotten into the boat was taken out of it. She further states that she was wearing a small shawl on her head which got blown off, when a person named Mr James Farrell of Clonee, gave her his cap.
As they were being lowered, he shouted, “Good-bye for ever” and that was the last she saw of him."
In her interviews Gilnagh commented on a woman who fell between the lifeboat and the ship during the loading process, and also that she was in the "last boat" - both of which could apply to boat #10 on the aft port boat deck.