Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
Lavington, Miss Elizabeth ? (7 votes)
15 (2 votes)
? (7 votes)
15 (2 votes)


The decision to tentatively place Bessie Lavington in lifeboat 15 was based upon an interview in the Western Daily Press, April 30th 1912, where an unidentified second class stewardess said:
    “We dressed as hurriedly as we could, and made our way to the boat deck, on which there were many people. I was told to get in boat No.15. It was rapidly filled. A Scandinavian and his child were standing by, and the child was torn from the father and flung in the boat. With a cry the man sprang in, and would not be turned out. Just as the boat was about to be lowered a little maid two years old was thrown into my arms. She was a bonny little thing, and I kept her as warm as I could.
    An old lady of 70 was seated close by me, and she was very troublesome. At the start she asked if one of the sailors would stop rowing and fasten her boot. She was piqued when this was refused, and I pointed out to her that many had no boots at all. Then she complained of the crush, and said that she was sorry she came. I again reproved her, and said that it was a matter of life, not comfort. Scant was the ceremony observed, and to stop the old lady’s bickering one of the men spoke sharply to her. After that she was quiet. Then the Scandinavian started to make himself objectionable, but some rough threats soon silenced him. They pulled their boat away a short distance then allowed her to drift. They called to the others to do the same, as they were rowing frantically away. She saw the Titanic sink.
    I shall never drive the cries out of my head. It was awful too, to be left alone on the ocean in those small boats. We spent the night as best we could. Some chatted, while others preferred to keep silent. There was practically no water in the boat and so with the exception of the intense cold there was not a great deal to trouble us. Having used our rockets we burnt flares, handkerchiefs, parts of women’s blouses, and anything procurable we used, and when in the dawn we saw the Carpathia in the distance we cheered ourselves hoarse."

Miss Lavington was one of two second class stewardesses rescued. One, Mrs Bliss, gave her boat number as 15, in an interview given at the same time as the one to the Western Daily Mercury. However, Miss Lavington mentions ‘we’ which may mean that she entered the boat with her companion.

However, this account does mirror that of Saloon Steward Benjamin Thomas, who also mentions a difficult lady passenger. He was assigned to lifeboat 15. 

Most of us voted for unknown lifeboat (1.00) in this case, but two members voted for #15.  In the absence of further information, Miss Lavington can only be tentatively placed in lifeboat 15 over another boat.