||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
|Hocking, Mrs Elizabeth||4||4||4.28|
|Hocking, Miss Ellen||4||4||4.28|
|Richards, Mrs Emily||4||4||4.28|
|Richards, Master Sibley George||4||4||4.28|
|Richards, Master William Rowe||4||4||4.28|
Schenectady Gazette of April 22, 1912, Hocking account:
“When they finally arrived on deck they found nearly everybody up and all trying to find out for certain what had happened. Suddenly all were ordered to get into the life boats, which the crew began to get ready. There being no confusion or panic at the time, the women folk were adverse to getting into the lifeboat even when they had it impressed upon their minds that it was necessary and that the women go first. Then the captain ordered them in no uncertain tones to jump into the boats, all women and children first, and as they did not make a move towards obeying, the captain himself took hold of Miss Hocking and forced her into the first boat made ready, though it was one of the last to be launched on account of the ropes becoming tangled and the crew put in charge of the boat becoming confused and being unfamiliar with the work.
The women folk, in separate boats, were not certain that any of the other women of their party had been taken from the ship, and it was not until dawn that the boats met and they discovered that they were all safe.
As the boat in which Miss Hocking had escaped, travelled through the water, the occupants looking for some sign of the Carpathia which they had been told would pick them up, they rescued seven of the Titanic’s crew who were swimming, some with pieces of wreckage and others with nothing but their own skill to help them. Two of these died from the exposure.”
Nellie Hocking Hambly in the Knickerbocker News of September 29, 1962:
“I was by myself by then. Mother and my sister, Mrs. Emily Richards, and her two children, had gone up to the first class deck. My sister told me later that they heard the ship’s band playing while the ship was sinking. I didn’t hear the music myself. I didn’t know then what had happened to my family and they didn’t know what had happened to me until we were safely aboard the Carpathia later.” Mrs. Hambly also stated that she was in one of the first boats lowered. She recalled other nearly-empty lifeboats floating near hers.
In the Akron Beacon Journal of April 20, 1912, Mrs. Richards stated that she entered a boat by being passed through the portholes. There was a foot of water in the boat. They pulled seven men in from the water, two of whom died.
In The Independent of May 26, 1968, Mrs. Richards said that during the night someone in her boat lit a match, and that, “By that light my mother suddenly spotted my sister in another boat.”
Mrs. Richards apparently claimed over the years that she was in the last lifeboat and that it was number 13. There were claims that Nellie Hocking was in a different lifeboat, but her description, and that of her sister, Emily Richards, both seem to be boat 4. Nellie was placed in a boat that was readied first, but not launched for some time. It rescued seven people from the water, two of whom died. Emily entered her boat by being passed through portholes. It too pulled seven men from the water, two of whom died. It’s likely that they simply didn’t realize they were in the same lifeboat until morning. As neither lady ever mentioned being moved to another lifeboat, the entire party was given an average vote of 4.28 for boat 4.