Lifeboat 13 was the 7th lifeboat to be lowered from the starboard side of the Titanic.


It was partly filled from the Boat Deck and partly from A Deck after it had been lowered to that level when it was launched under the supervision of Murdoch and Moody at 1:15 A.M.. Again, it was heavily occupied, with over 65 people aboard. Leading Fireman Frederick Barrett was put in charge[1] by boatswain Alfred Nichols. The occupants were mainly Second and Third Class women and children, with some men also aboard including Lawrence Beesley, who subsequently wrote a popular book about the disaster [2] . Dr. Washington Dodge was also aboard, having earlier seen his wife and child aboard Boat 5. He owed his presence aboard the boat to the apparent guilty feelings of Steward F. Dent Ray, who had urged the Dodges to sail on Titanic in the first place. Just before Boat 5 was lowered, Ray bundled Dodge aboard.[3] Others did not want to board at all. A woman on deck became hysterical, crying: "Don't put me in that boat! I don't want to go in that boat! I've never been in an open boat in my life!" Ray told her: "You have got to go and you may as well keep quiet."[4]


While it was being lowered the lifeboat was nearly caught by "an enormous stream of water, three or four feet in diameter"[5] coming from the condenser exhaust which was being produced by the pumps, far below, attempting to purge the water that was flooding into Titanic. The occupants had to push the boat clear using their oars and spars and reached the water safely. The wash from the exhaust caused the lifeboat to drift directly under Boat 15, which was being lowered almost simultaneously. Its lowering was halted just in time, with only a few feet to spare. The falls aboard Boat 13 jammed and had to be cut free to allow the boat to get away safely from the side of Titanic.[6]


A few hours later the occupants saw the Carpathia coming to their rescue and began rowing towards it to an accompaniment of the song "Pull for the Shore, Sailor."[7] They were picked up at about 6:30 am.[1]

Passengers & crew aboard

  1. Leah Aks
  2. Johan Charles Asplund
  3. Percy Ball
  4. Frederick Barrett (in charge)
  5. Edward Beane
  6. Ethel Beane
  7. George William Beauchamp
  8. Ruth Elizabeth Becker
  9. Lawrence Beesley
  10. Bridget Delia Bradley
  11. Daniel Buckley
  12. Charles Burgess
  13. Arthur Victor Edwards Burrage
  14. Alden Gates Caldwell
  15. Albert Francis Caldwell
  16. Sylvia Mae Caldwell
  17. E. Joseph Colgan
  18. Catherine Connolly
  19. James Crimmins
  20. Mary Davies Wilburn
  21. Anna De Messemaeker
  22. Washington Dodge
  23. Elizabeth Dowdell
  24. Virginia Ethel Emmanuel
  25. Wilfred Cyril Foley
  26. Choong Foo
  27. Albert Ernest Fryer
  28. Mary Agatha Glynn
  29. Mary Dunbar Hewlett
  30. Robert John Hopkins
  31. Bernt Johannes Johannesen
  32. Einar Gervasius Karlsson
  33. George Knight
  34. Aurora Adelia Landergren
  35. Reginald Robinson Lee
  36. Alexander James Littlejohn
  37. Fridtjof Arne Madsen
  38. William James Major
  39. Paul Achille Maurice Germain Maugé
  40. Bridget Delia McDermott
  41. Mary McGovern
  42. Anna Louise McGowan
  43. Bentley Harold Neal
  44. Helmina Josefina Nilsson
  45. Anna Sofia Nysten
  46. Hanora O'Leary
  47. Artur Karl Olsen
  48. Percy Thomas Oxenham
  49. Frank Port
  50. Frederick Dent Ray
  51. Lucy Ridsdale
  52. Hannah Riordan
  53. Horace Leopold Ross
  54. Beatrice Irene Sandström
  55. Marguerite Rut Sandström
  56. Agnes Charlotta Sandström
  57. Ellen Shine
  58. Hilda Mary Slayter
  59. Julia Smyth
  60. Johan Cervin Svensson
  61. Gunnar Isidor Tenglin
  62. David Vartanian
  63. Philip Francis Vigott
  64. Walter John Williams
  65. Alfred Edgar Windebank
  66. William Wright

Emergency Lifeboat 1 · Emergency Lifeboat 2 · Lifeboat 3 · Lifeboat 4 · Lifeboat 5 · Lifeboat 6 · Lifeboat 7 · Lifeboat 8 · Lifeboat 9 · Lifeboat 10 · Lifeboat 11 · Lifeboat 12 · Lifeboat 13 · Lifeboat 14 · Lifeboat 15 · Lifeboat 16 · Collapsible A · Collapsible B · Collapsible C · Collapsible D · Unknown lifeboat


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wormstedt & Fitch 2011, p. 140.
  2. Balls, John (2012). Lucky for Some - Titanic's Lifeboat 13 and its Passengers Stenlake Publishing. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-84033-590-3.
  3. Butler 1998, p. 112.
  4. Butler 1998, p. 118.
  5. Dodge, Washington (15 April 2012). "Survivors share lifeboat; descendants share local ties". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  6. Butler 1998, p. 119.
  7. Butler 1998, p. 153.