Lifeboat from Titanic
Lifeboat to Carpathia
Confidence Level
Pitman, Mr Herbert John 5 5 5.00


British Inquiry
Testimony of Herbert Pitman

     14992. Will that help you to approximate what you think was the time between the striking of the iceberg and your getting to boat No. 5? Was it an hour, do you think? - No, I should think it would be about 12.20.

    14997. How many men had you helping at this boat? - I think four.
    14998. Were they sailor men, or could you tell in the darkness of the night? - Well, I knew that two were.
    14999. And was the boat uncovered and swung out? - Yes.
    15000. What was done with it? Was it then lowered to the level of the boat deck? - It was lowered level.

    15004. The Captain told you to �carry on.� Did you then return to the boat deck? - I was already there; I returned to No. 5.
    15005. Yes, you were on it. You returned to your boat No. 5? - Yes.

    15017. What did he say? - Well, I jumped out of the boat then, ready to lower away, and he said, �You go in charge of this boat, and also look after the others, and stand by to come along the after gangway when hailed.�
    15018. Did you go in charge of this boat? - I did.

    15021. (Mr. Butler Aspinall.) Did you say something about Mr. Murdoch saying he would hail you when he wanted you alongside the gangway? - Yes. He said, �Keep handy to come to the after gangway.� Therefore, I understood he would hail us.
    15022. You understood it? - Yes.
    15023. Was the boat properly lowered away? - It was.
    15024. And you got put down to the waters edge? - Yes    15025. On reaching the water what was done with that boat? - We pulled away about 100 yards from the side of the ship.
    15026. And then? - Lay on our oars..