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The sinking of the Titanic is such an interesting topic.
I find the topics of lifeboat usage/lack of usage particularly interesting and also the measures taken by the Titanic to reach out to other ships and those ships knowledge/lack of knowledge of the situation and response/lack of response such as the SS Californian.
Collapsible D, one of the two portside "collapsible" lifeboats. It had room for 47 people, but thanks to second officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, who would launch half-empty lifeboats rather than allow men into them, it was launched with just 25 people in it. Four or five were crewmembers (quartermaster Arthur John Bright, who was put in command of the boat; seaman William Arthur Lucas; chief second class stewart John Hardy; possibly one or two unidentified firemen), the rest female passengers and children. Two male passengers, Hugh Woolner and Mauritz Hakan Bjornstrom-Steffansson (both first class), were smarth enough to jump into the boat as it was being lowered, and another two, first class passenger Frederick Maxfield Hoyt (whose wife was one of the women in the boat) and third class passenger Joseph Pierre Duquemin, jumped into the water immediately afterwards and were hauled aboard. Later in the night Collapsible D took onboard a dozen people from Boat 14, which unlike it had been filled to full capacity.
This was taken from a vantage point that is higher in elevation than the life boat. If this was the last boat to launch from the Titanic, who took this photo?
Was the cameraman on the Titanic? Did they go down with the ship? Did they throw their precious camera to a life boat? Was this recovered from the wreck?
I find this really interesting!
But how did they develop this picture?
Only a Carpathian would come back now, and choose New York.