Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
Marsden, Miss Evelyn
16 (8 votes)
5 (2 votes)
16 (8 votes)
5 (2 votes)



The Daily Mirror, May 4, 1912:
    “Mrs. E. Leather, of Birmingham, gave me a succinct narrative of her escape in Boat 16, which was the last on the port side to be filled, at about 1.30. The master-at-arms, Mr. Bailey, was in charge, and there were two sailors and two firemen, the rest of the 42 on board were all women, mostly from the steerage, except two foreigners, who hid under the seats. Miss Marsden rowed all night with the men, Miss Jessop and myself nursed two little babies. “

An article in Commutator #144 (Vol 22 No 4), “Australian Links to Titanic” mentions Miss Marsden getting a seat in #16, but gives no backup documentation for the claim.

Devon Gazette, May 1, 1912:
    "A first-class stewardess told me that Miss Marsden, a stewardess, helped to row the boat. They were both in No. 16."

However, a letter that
Miss Marsden's new husband wrote to Bruce Ismay in July 1912 thanked Ismay for saving her life. When Miss Marsden hesitated to enter a lifeboat because she was a member of the crew, Ismay told her "You are all women now," so she got in. This account is almost identical to Henry Etches' testimony that Ismay told a stewardess at boat #5, "You are a woman. Take your place." Unless Bruce Ismay assisted with the launching of boat #16, Miss Marsden couldn't possibly have been in that boat.

We were not all in agreement on Miss Marsden's placement because of this letter, most of us felt #16 was her boat, while two members voted with the #5 evidence.