Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
Krekorian, Mr Neshan 10 10 4.24


The Hosono account in Voyage #27 says:
   “In our lifeboat (#10) there were only two men, an Armenian and myself.”

It is thought the ‘Armenian’ was Krekorian.

Frank Evans, confirmed in lifeboat #10, says at the American Inquiry, pages 675 to 676:
    Senator SMITH. We are talking about the No. 10 boat - the one that you were in.  
    Mr. EVANS. Yes.
    Senator SMITH. How many people were put into that boat with you?
    Mr. EVANS. There were about 60 persons, women and children.
    Senator SMITH. How many women?
    Mr. EVANS. I should say about 57, sir. There were only me and another seaman and a steward, and two men besides.
    Senator SMITH. And how many children?
    Mr. EVANS. Seven or eight children, sir.
    Senator SMITH. How many men besides yourself?
    Mr. EVANS. I think there were one or two; there was me and another seaman and a steward, and two men.
    Senator SMITH. Who were these men?
    Mr. EVANS. I do not know, sir. I think one was a foreigner that was up forward.
    Senator SMITH. A passenger?
    Mr. EVANS. Yes; he was a passenger. The chief officer, Murdoch, had cleared all the women and children from that side of the ship, and he asked if there was any more, and there was no reply came, and the boat was packed, sir, and as this boat was being lowered this foreigner must have jumped from A deck into the boat.
    Senator SMITH. Did he catch something and throw himself into the boat?
    Mr. EVANS. No; he just deliberately jumped across into the boat.
    Senator SMITH. And saved himself?
    Mr. EVANS. Yes.

From the evidence of passengers in No.10, one of the two male passengers was an Armenian; that is, someone who identified himself enough as an Armenian to tell people so. Miss Andrews, Mrs. Hogeboom, Mr. Hosono and Steward Burke are among those who recalled so later. There seem to be only two survivors who identified themselves as Armenians, Krekorian and David Vartanian. A couple of accounts by David Vartanian maintain that he went into the water, and was rescued by climbing into a raft, so he probably wasn't the man in lifeboat 10.

Another possibility we discussed for
Krekorian was #6.  Peuchen said a young "Italian" in #6 was unable to row because of an injured arm. The Hamilton Spectator of April 25 claims that Krekorian had a broken arm, but the Brantford Expositor of April 27 says he had no broken bones (but not necessarily that he didn't have an injured arm.)

Then we have Krekorian say, in several accounts, that he came on deck and saw lifeboats filled and lowered before he entered one. That does suggest he was not in lifeboat 6, one of the first to be lowered from the port side. He also said, in one account that he was with his countrymen. It's hard to believe that a small group of Armenian men could have gone unnoticed around lifeboats 6 or 8, but it is possible.

Then in the article in the Hamilton Spectator he mentions that the lifeboats were easy to spot by the Carpathia, on account of them ‘being joined to each other by painters.’ If nothing else, this tells us he was in one of the cluster of boats which Officer Lowe brought together.

There was water in his boat too; he mentions that in the same account, although that could apply to boats 10, 12, 14 and 4 in that cluster.

In the Brantford Expositor it is recorded that he did not dress as a woman, and that there were fifty people, women and children in his lifeboat. That again rules out lifeboat 6, which could not be said to be full, or to have held any children. Krekorian also denies that he was injured in that account. We see he says his boat was half-filled in the Hamilton Spectator account, which could indicate boat 6, except No.6 was not part of Lowe’s little group. While that boat did tie up to No.16, it happened only briefly.

Krekorian mentions there being a single crewman in his boat. There is a suggestion in the Hamilton Spectator, where he talks about becoming numb, that he was hiding until the boat was lowered and afloat. Perhaps he emerged only after crew members had been transferred out of his boat? This would seem so. Look at what Steward Burke said, at the American Inquiry, page 823:
    "After the two seamen left that boat some of the women in the forward end said to me: 'There are two men down here in the bottom of the boat.
    I said 'Are there so?' I made down in the bottom of the boat and got hold of those two men and pulled one out. I found he was, apparently, a Japanese and could not speak any English. I explained to him and put him on an oar. The other man appeared to me to be an Italian, about 18 stone. I tried to speak to him in Italian and he said, 'Armenian.' That was all he could say. I also put him on an oar."

Burke’s description of where the Armenian was found fits with where Neshan claimed he hid too.

Assuming that Burke is correct, Krekorian would have missed the departure of Buley and Evans from No.10, and if Burke was the man who spoke to him, perhaps he identified Burke as the only member of the crew.

On the whole, it's very possible Krekorian was in lifeboat #10.