Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
Mulvihill, Miss Bertha Elizabeth
15 15 5.00

For years, it was speculated that Bertha Mulvihill was rescued in boat #15, due to her stating in the Providence Journal on April 20, 1912 that “only two boats remained.  One of these pushed off.  I stood directly over the other…I jumped and landed in the boat.”  She later told her family that her boat, which she said was the last, was so heavily loaded that the gunwale was near the water.  This accords with Steward Rule, rescued in #15, who said that the boat was down in the water “right to the gunwales.” (British Inquiry Questions 6618 & 6621)

Bertha Mulvihill’s account in The Sunday Tribune on April 28, 1912, removes all ambiguity, specifically stating that she was rescued in boat #15:
    “‘...a number of women seated in rocking chairs and calmly rocking away as they waited on the deck.  They were on the starboard side and as the boat in which I left the ship, No. 15, was the last boat lowered on that side of the ship, I believe they must have perished when the steamer went down!’
    Mrs. Mulvehill (sic) escaped through her own exertions, aided by a young man (Daly) whose acquaintance she made on board ship and who lives in Brooklyn…
    ‘…We had to wait until boat 13 was launched ahead of ours and I saw in the newspaper accounts that we nearly swamped them.’

This account incorrectly states that Mulvihill met Eugene Daly on Titanic, when in fact, they were traveling together.  Mulvihill confirmed her presence in #15 again in a 1956 account, stating “we climbed ... to crowd into boat 15,” and also “the people ... saw boat 15 lowering by their deck and ... jumped into the boat ... [they] fell on me ... I had broken ribs from it.” 

Due to the details in her account and supporting evidence, we concluded, with a high degree of certainty, that Bertha Mulvihill was rescued in #15.