Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
Harrison, Mr Aragon Drummond 9 9 4.63


The Daily Mirror, April 30, 1912:
    "The following graphic story of the Titanic disaster was given to me to-day by First Class Steward A. Harrison. He said: (...) "It was nearly half an hour later that the second steward came along, and sent me up to my boat, stating I belonged to boat 15.
I helped get the women into her, and when she had been lowered I continued getting women and children into boats 13 and 11.
    Mr. Murdoch, first officer, was in charge of that section of the boat deck, and just as boat 9 was ready to be lowered he told me, as there were no more women to be seen, to get into the boat. 'You can take an oar,' he said.
    There were forty-three women in the boat and several men, and she was quite full. We rowed for ten minutes at a time, and then lay to. We went about 400 yards off, and picked up no swimmers afterwards.  .... One Frenchwoman, who had lost her husband, cried and moaned all night, and the other women tried to pacify her. Nearly all the women had remembered their furs.
    They were all second-class passengers in boat 9 except one lady from first-class, who sat on a thwart opposite me.(...)
    I was wearing just my waiter's evening-dress suite and white tie and this old overcoat, which I put over it when I went up to the boat deck.
    Most of the women in No. 9, which was in charge of the bo'sun's mate, wore simply their skirts, cloaks and furs over their nightclothes."

While Harrison described that he left the ship in lifeboat 9, his description of loading the boats and moving along the deck, is at odds with the established order in which the lifeboats on the aft starboard side were lowered. Therefore, several members of the group voted more cautiously.