Survivors found in lifeboat month later...

Survivors found in lifeboat month later...

Postby JANE MANN on Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:46 am

Does anyone else know about the 3 bodies that were found in a drifting lifeboat by a passing ship 4 weeks after the Titanic sank? Apparantly, after the Carpathia picked up the survivors the captain let 2 lifeboats adrift empty. He took the survivors back to New York but first asked the captain of the Californian to stay behind and check for more survivors. Captain Lord's assistant noticed some movement of black figures on a distant iceflow and pointed it out to the captain, at which the captain said it was most likely seals and the ship left the area for Halifax.
Were the bodies found in the lifeboat 4 weeks later the bodies of the moving figures on the iceflow and had they managed to get into an empty lifeboat passing by? When their autopsies were carried out they were found to have died of starvation, not hyperthermia. Pieces of cork from their cork belts on their life jackets were found in their mouths.
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Re: Survivors found in lifeboat month later...

Postby Timothy Trower on Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:55 am

These were the bodies of men who had died the morning of April 15, 1912, and were left in the lifeboat after the survivors (of Collapsible A) had been taken into the safety of an intact lifeboat. Nothing more.
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Re: Survivors found in lifeboat month later...

Postby JANE MANN on Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:37 am

Thanks Tim, i did wonder that as well.

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Re: Survivors found in lifeboat month later...

Postby Timothy Trower on Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:30 pm

Not a problem!
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Re: Survivors found in lifeboat month later...

Postby Joshua Noble on Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:09 pm

I do recall that several bodies were found on a lifeboat with cork from the lifebelts in their mouths. This indicated that they survived somehow and climbed on and after the Carpathia left. Afterwards, they starved to death trying to use the lifebelt cork for food. One body was identified and all were buried at sea.
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Re: Survivors found in lifeboat month later...

Postby Timothy Trower on Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:22 am

Nope -- see my post above.
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Re: Survivors found in lifeboat month later...

Postby Thomas Golembiewski on Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:32 pm

Joshua, Jane:

There was a news item concerning this business of finding a lifeboat wherein the occupants allegedly had cork in their mouths---please see under the topic heading "Lifeboats," and search on "Lifeboats---sighted, or found later . . . ""---there's a news account given . . .
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Re: Survivors found in lifeboat month later...

Postby Joshua Noble on Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:20 am

Thanks for clearing that up, Thomas.
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Re: Survivors found in lifeboat month later...

Postby Thomas Golembiewski on Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:47 pm

Joshua---

Of course, anytime . . . hope Jane finds it . . .
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