||Lifeboat from Titanic
||Lifeboat to Carpathia
|Mockler, Miss Ellen Mary||D
or 15 (8 votes)
13 or 15 (1 vote)
or 15 (8 votes)
13 or 15 (1 vote)
In a letter written in 1970, Miss Mockler said she left the ship with Margaret Mannion, who we have placed as a probable occupant of boat 13. Miss Mockler then said:
“We got up on the deck from whence the lifeboats were lowered. When we arrived at the deck, this same boy suggested that we kneel and say together the Rosary. When we had nearly finished the cry came “A ship is coming.!” We remained on our knees and completed the Rosary. Margaret and I got into the last lifeboat – the boys put us on – and the last glimpse we had of them was holding their heads and praying. After the boat was lowered. And we were not too far from it – we saw the majestic Titanic sink. ….. We remained seven hours afloat, and were finally picked up by the Carpathia.”
So it appears she boarded a lifeboat from the Boat Deck, not A Deck.
Catholic Free Press, 1953 article about Ellen.
She said she didn’t know how it happened, but she was put into the last lifeboat to leave the ship. “They didn’t let it down slowly by the pulley ropes, but cut the rope and let the boat fall into the water because there was so little time. We were in the water only 15 or 20 minutes when the Titanic sank out of sight.” Three of her four Galway friends, all the boys, were lost with it. She told The Catholic Free Press that the 10 or 15 passengers in the canvas lifeboat with her were afraid that they would be sucked under water and drowned when the Titanic sank. They rowed frantically to avoid that. Then, after a while, their lifeboat began to leak. A woman on board stuffed her hat into the hole. “Why she was wearing a hat, I don’t know, but it probably saved our lives,” she said. They were in the lifeboat from about 1:30 am to 9 am when they were rescued by the passenger liner Carpathia.
A 'canvas lifeboat' could indicate a collapsible, which would also go along with '15 or 20' minutes' before the sinking. Possibly C or D? Looking farther - Renee Harris said there was water in the bottom of Collapsible D. Finally, D had about 20 people aboard, as lowered. Of course, D picked up a person from the water, and maybe 12 were transferred from #14. And D actually WAS the last boat lowered.
Certainly there's much there to suggest boat D, but the collapsibles had no drain hole in which to stuff a hat, and her other accounts make much of her boarding a boat within sight and sound of Father Byles and his flock. We have to wonder if the CFP journalist had interviewed several Catholic survivors and got some of his notes mixed up.
It must be said that one of Mrs. Harris' accounts of boat D includes:
"The men on the boat were saying "She's leaking. Look for a plug. Where's the plug? " "Cut a piece from the oar" I suggested. A woman at the end of the boat said "Take my cap". But no-one could find the hole in the boat."
A further comment that corresponds with Ellen's CFP account was Harris recalling the crew shouting "Look out for the suction. Row for your lives."
Boats #14 & #15 were also cut free and had water in the boat. No. 15 could also be called "the last boat" - in that quarter of the deck..
The best evidence we have seems to lean toward either #15 or D. #13 not as likely.