Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
Hurst, Mr Walter Collapsible B 4 or 12? 5.00


Western Daily Mercury, April 29, 1912, an account about Mr. Hurst:
    "About five minutes before the Titanic went down he thought the time had come to look out for himself, and fearing the suction that was expected, he leapt into the sea. For three hours he battled for his life, being eventually picked up at daylight, when he was almost done for. 'I could not have lasted very much longer,' he said. 'I was numbed to the bone with the cold, and I still feel the effects, and shall do so for a long time.'"

A transcript from an interview with Mr. Hurst, from the BBC 1956.  Finally Fireman Wally Hurst recounted his account.  (At Paul Lee's website at )
    "Well, I saw the forward part of the boat deck dip underwater so I jumped overboard ... [I] swam away from the ship, turned round to look at her and down come the funnel smashed into the water right in front of my face. I got a gush of wind and dirt that nearby blinded me and I felt the cap go off my head and one slipper off my foot. But I didn't take my attention off of this boat and I see this collapsible boat wash straight off the deck within a few yards of me. I managed to get on to it, followed quickly by the second officer and a few others. Anyhow, she soon got filled up. There was an old man stood next to me and he was complaining all the night long about his head was so cold. I took particular to this as mine was pretty cold too. But a friend of mine, a shipmate named Lindsey gave me a drink from a bottle. I thought I was on a good thing I thinked it was whisky or brandy; turned out to be essence of peppermint. Nearly choked me!"

A Hurst letter to Walter Lord, ( ) says:
     “Mr. Lord Sir I have been reading in our local paper 'The [Southampton] Echo' that you may be interested in the sinking of the Titanic, well as a member of the crew of that ship I was on the boat deck until few minutes before she sank when i dived overboard afterwards climbing on to a raft which I had helped to cut adrift from the roof of the smoking room later I was joined by about 25-30 others including the 2nd Officer Lightoller and Marconi officer. Phillips I think his name was  ....
The After funnel fell in the sea near me and I was half blinded by soot and water then came the raft we had cut adrift it fell within a dozen feet of me and some men were clinging to it …… I saw the 2nd Officer get onto the raft and he at once took charge cut away an oar that was lashed on and told me to use it to try and get the raft clear before it got overcrowded”

John Podesta's account from the
Southampton Southern Evening Echo, May 27, 1968:
We were treated very well on board the Carpathia; we had biscuits to start with and some rum which warmed us up a bit. Then I saw two of our Firemen who were picked up off a raft, shivering terribly with the cold. My mate and I gave them blankets and rubbed their legs to start up their circulations. Their names were John Connor and Wally Hurst."

There is no doubt Mr Hurst was on Collapsible B, though we have no information which lifeboat he evacuated to, #4 or #12.