||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
Hyland, Mr Leo James
Letter written to Walter Lord in the 1950s:
"On the boat deck the darkness of the night was intense, the noise of the escaping steam from the funnels was deafening, my lifeboat was No.11, Mr Wheat asst. 2nd steward was also in the boat, which consisted or about 76 souls, I think my intention was to assist some of the passengers to settle themselves orderly in the boat, at the time. I thought it was a brave thing to get in the boat and be lowered about 80 feet in the pitch dark.
In lowering the boat we narrowly missed a large water ejector from the engine room, the cold was intense, the lifebelt over our thin white jackets, probably saved many of us freezing to death."
We know Wheat was in #11, and that the boat was almost swamped by the water ejecting from the engine room.