Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
Livshin, Mr David B 12 (died in lifeboat) 5.00


Mr.Livshin was booked on Titanic as Abraham Harmer.

From the book On a Sea of Glass by Fitch, Layton and Wormstedt:
     "Can the four individuals who were buried at sea be identified? A press account from an unnamed source published soon after the disaster said that the three dead bodies brought aboard were those of First Class passenger William Hoyt, Third Class passenger David Livshin [traveling under the alias Abraham Harmer], and Bedroom Steward Sidney Siebert, and that all three were buried at sea the morning of April 15. The man said to have died aboard Carpathia and been buried at sea the following morning was Able Bodied Seaman William Lyons.  From The Sinking of Titanic and Great Sea Disasters, by Logan Marshall.
    The details in Fred Beachler�s account differ from this unnamed source, but he did agree on the names of the individuals buried at sea. He said that two of the men were already dead when brought aboard, and that another was still alive, but died a few minutes later. He listed these individuals as William Hoyt, David Livshin, and Sidney Siebert, and said that all three were buried at sea the morning of April 15. Beachler also claimed that William Lyons was alive when brought aboard, before dying, and being buried at sea the following day. Daily Sketch, May 6, 1912. The Beachler account is reproduced in full in The Carpathia and the Titanic: Rescue at Sea, by George Behe, page 142, Lulu edition.
    An unnamed Carpathia steward gave an interview following the arrival in New York, and was yet another person who specifically identified these same four individuals as the ones who were buried at sea. However, there are still more variations in the time and details relating to the burial, as the steward claims all four were buried at sea on Tuesday, April 16; he also claimed that Siebert and Lyons were dead when brought aboard, while Hoyt and Livshin were alive, and �lived but a few minutes after�.� New York Sun, April 19, 1912. Account is contained in
The Carpathia and the Titanic: Rescue at Sea ,by Behe, page 129, Lulu edition.
    Since there is strong evidence that a body was taken aboard the rescue ship from Boat No. 12, after it had been transferred into it from atop Collapsible B, it is reasonable to assume that the body in question was that of David Livshin. Unfortunately, few specific details about how Livshin died are known. Given the strong evidence from those in Boats Nos 14 and 4 to suggest that William Hoyt, Sidney Siebert, and William Lyons were all dead when taken aboard Carpathia, it would seem logical to conclude that if any of the four individuals buried at sea were alive when taken aboard the ship, that it would have to have been Livshin.

Livshin was buried at sea from the Carpathia.