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Confidence Level
Hyman, Mr Soloman Abraham 13 13 4.75


From the New York Herald, April 19 1912 (available at ):
    “I climbed up the stairs, and there were a lot of men and women standing about a lifeboat. The women were being helped in, but the men didn’t seem to want to get in. Then I noticed that it was the next to the last boat in that part of the ship. The others were all lowered, and I got a little uneasy. I climbed up onto the rail, and watching my chance, slipped into the boat just before they began to lower away. Most of the men thought they would be safer back on the boat, and some of them smiled at us as we went down. When we were nearly to the water we passed a big hole in the side of the boat. This was about three quarters of the way back toward the stern and the pumps were throwing a great stream of water out through it. It threatened to swamp our boat, and we got scared there were about ten men in the boat and we each took an oar and pushed the boat away from the side of the ship. That’s all that saved us.”

His account in the Springfield Daily Republican, April 20, 1912, contains more detail:
    "When we almost reached the water we came in contact with the stream of water that was pouring out of the overflow.  We all realized the danger and three or four of us took an oar and with it shoved our boat far enough away to clear it.  When we struck the water, we were directly under the boat which was lowered after ours.  We saw it come down and nearly all of us thought it would surely strike us.  We all shouted, but no one seemed to hear us.  The boat still came on.  For the first time we felt scared.  Fortunately, when it was just above us it swung aside and landed in the water without any damage."

From the Springfield Union, April 20, 1912, Hyman says:
   "A woman in the same boat as I said she believed she was saved because of a charm she wore.  It was an emblem in the form of a little pig."  Could this be Edith Rosenbaum, who we know was in #11?

"Next to last boat" (#15 being last, #13 next to it), the "stream of water", and "directly under the boat which was lowered after ours" - these all perfectly describe #13.  However, two of us were not totally convinced of this.  They felt the two boats could have been #13 and #11, with the "last boat" being #13, and did not give #15 a full vote.  Or, the Springfield Union account mentions the pig, possibly Edith Rosenbaum's, which would place Hyman in #11.