||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
|Jermyn, Miss Annie Jane||
D (7 votes)
4 (1 vote)
Coll. D (7 votes)
4 (1 vote)
A summary of Jermyn's interview in the Buffalo News, April 26, 1912:
"Nobody asked her to get into a lifeboat, she asserts, although she stood on the deck near the boat davits in her nightdress and bare feet. 'The last boat was was about to start from the ship with only about 15 aboard,' she says. 'Realizing it was my only chance, I sprang from the upper deck of the vessel into the boat, falling a distance of nearly 30 feet and landing on my chest and stomach. A second later a man fell beside me, but he had no sooner got up and taken a seat in the boat than an officer drew his revolver and shot him in the head. I fainted as they pitched the lifeless body of the poor fellow into the sea.'"
From the Lynn (Mass.) Daily Evening Item, April 26, 1912:
"The last lifeboat had been lowered and I readily observed that my time had come to meet death in a watery grave unless I took a chance on jumping for this lifeboat. By this time the ship was nearly submerged in the sea and so near was the upper deck, where I was standing, to the surface of the ocean, that I was nearly able to stoop down and take a fist full of the water. The captain was still aboard the vessel, and I could hardly hear his voice above the shouting and agonizing yells of those who were being left to meet their death.
I observed that there were no more than 13 women in the last lifeboat to be set off by the crew, and as there was plenty of more room I decided to take a chance, and jumped as the oarsmen began to row it away. I landed safely in the boat, but in striking my stomach struck against the side of the small boat, and this is how I account for the injuries received.
No sooner had I landed in the lifeboat than I felt someone strike my back. It was a man, I believe of a Italian nationality, but he had not sat in the boat a minute when an officer drew his pistol and fired one shot which seemed to strike the man in the back of the head. He was sitting in the seat ahead of me, and the last I remember was seeing him pitch head first into the ocean. The shooting was too great for my nerves, and to see the poor fellow fall into the water, after being shot through the head, caused me to lapse into unconsciousness. .... The boat in which I was saved was not filled with passengers on leaving the ship, but many persons who had been thrown into the water were picked up and soon there were 50 or 60 aboard it."
Her accounts do indicate a lifeboat leaving Titanic very late in the sinking, but we had a split vote as to which boat that was. Many of us felt that Collapsible D fit her description the best, while #4 was also felt to be a choice.