|Lifeboat from Titanic
|Lifeboat to Carpathia
|Hawksford, Mr Walter James
? (5 votes)
11 or 13 (1 vote)
11 or 13
Letter to his wife written on April 19, 1912, from On Board RMS Titanic, page 329]:
“You would hardly believe the calmness of everybody, not even a woman was panic stricken. The men stood by while the women were quickly and methodically lowered into the boats with a few men in each boat to row. When it came to the last boat but one I was told to man the boat with four others, the rest were women, we were then lowered a distance of 90 ft to the water and rowed about half a mile from the ship...
We remained in that boat for five hours. You cannot imagine the strange feeling of being in mid-Atlantic in a small rowing boat. Just as it was getting daylight we saw a rocket go up on the horizon and knew it would not be long before we were on another ship. We watched her slowly appear and then stop. You guess we did not wait any longer, it was the hardest and most difficult bit of rowing that I ever did. We rowed two or three miles and arrived on board at 5.45.”
His statement that "the calmness of everybody, not even a woman was panic stricken" implies there was no disorder to the loading and launching, which implies an earlier boat launch and not one of the aft, later boats. This leans for some to vote for #3, while many voted for an unknown boat.