Titanic Survivors on Lifeboat 1

One of the Titanic's Life-Boats Approaching the Carpathia, Barely Half Full.

One of the "Titanic's" Lifeboats Approaching the “Carpathia,” Barely Half Full. © Underwood & Underwood. The Literary Digest (4 May 1912) p. 919. GGA Image ID # 1085e15b3a

Lifeboat 1 turned out to be the omen of what would transpire with the other 19 boats. It was the fourth boat launched at about 1:05 am with only 12 people on board (2 Women and 10 Men), representing 30% of her capacity of 40 people.

The occupants of lifeboat 1 were rescued by the Carpathia shortly aft 4:10 am, the second lifeboat from the Titanic to be picked up. The lifeboat's occupants had a group photograph taken on the Carpathia.

Survivors of the Titanic and Occupants of Lifeboat 1 Rescued by the Carpathia.

Survivors of the Titanic and Occupants of Lifeboat 1 Rescued by the Carpathia. Back Row: Saloman, Stengel. Middle Row: Hendrickson, Lady Duff Gordon, Francatelli, Sir Duff Gordon, Taylor. Seated: Symons, Horsewell, Collins, Pusey. Dated 15 April 1912. GGA Image ID # 10d43fefa0

Facts About Lifeboat 1

  • Boat No. 1 was one of two small "emergency" wooden cutters
  • No. 1 was on the starboard side.
  • The lifeboat had a capacity of 40 people
  • Most of the occupants of Boat 1 were men, despite Captain Smith's call for "women and children first."
  • The boat was hoisted aboard the Carpathia along with other Titanic lifeboats and brought to New York.
  • On April 16, the day after their rescue by the Carpathia, each crew member pm Lifeboat 1 received a £5 cheque from Cosmo Duff Gordon that represented about one month's wage for the crew.
  • Lady Duff Gordon was the founder of and chief designer for Lucile Ltd, considered the first global couture house.
  • Named the ‘Millionaire’s Boat’ by the press, who accused the occupants of ignoring cries for help from people in the water.

Lifeboat 1, the fifth one launched at 1:10 am, located on the officers deck, starboard side, with 12 occupants comprised of First Class passengers and Crew Members. Capacity for the lifeboat was 40 (30% of Capacity).

First Class Passengers

  1. Sir Cosmo Edmund Duff Gordon (49)  London, England, UK
  2. Lady Lucille Wallace (Lucy Christiana) Duff Gordon (née Sutherland) (48)  London, England, UK
  3. Miss Laura Mabel Francatelli (31)  [Secretary to Lady Duff Gordon], London, England, UK
  4. Mr. Abraham Lincoln Salomon, (43)  New York, New York, US
  5. Mr. Charles Emil Henry Stengel, (54)  Newark, New Jersey, US

Deck Crew Members

  1. Able Seaman: Mr. Albert Edward James Horswill (33)
  2. Lookout: Mr. George Thomas Macdonald Symons (24) -> In Charge

Engineering Crew Members

  1. Mr. Samuel Collins, (35)  Fireman/Stoker [LB-1]
  2. Mr. Charles Osker Hendrickson, (29)  Leading Fireman [LB-1]
  3. Mr. William Robert Holland Pusey, (24)  Fireman/Stoker [LB-1]
  4. Mr. Frederick Sheath, (20)  Trimmer [LB-1]
  5. Mr. James Taylor, (25)  Fireman/Stoker [LB-1]

Legend For Survivor or Lost Passengers and Crew Members

  • LB-# or A-D - Survivor on Lifeboat 1-16 or Collapsible Lifeboat A-D
  • P-BNR - Perished, Body Not Recovered or Body Not Identified
  • MB – CS Mackay-Bennett (bodies 1–306)
  • M – CS Minia (bodies 307–323)
  • MM – CGS Montmagny (bodies 326–329)
  • A – SS Algerine (body 330)
  • O – RMS Oceanic (bodies 331–333)
  • I – SS Ilford (body 334)
  • OT – SS Ottawa (body 335)

Numbers 324 and 325 were unused, and the six bodies buried at sea by the Carpathia also went unnumbered. Several recovered bodies were unidentifiable and thus not all numbers are matched with a person.

Upon recovery, the bodies of 209 identified and unidentified victims of the sinking were brought to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Of those, 121 were taken to the non-denominational Fairview Lawn Cemetery, 59 were repatriated, 19 were buried in the Roman Catholic Mount Olivet Cemetery, and 10 were taken to the Jewish Baron de Hirsch Cemetery. The bodies of the remaining recovered victims were either delivered to family members or buried at sea.

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