Titanic Sinking - Survivor Story, part 2
The wreck of the Titanic is the second accident on the sea which has befallen Mr. Daly. About ten years ago he was on a petroleum steamer returning to Peru, when the vessel struck a derelict in the Bay of Callao and was saved only by the buoyancy of the petroleum tanks which she carried.
Mrs. Emil Taussig, who was saved with her eighteen-year-old daughter, Ruth, while her husband stood by on the deck, also tells a story of half-empty boats, but she adds that incompetent stewards, unable to handle an oar, were assigned to man them.
"When we came on deck," said Mrs. Taussig, "Capt. Smith was preparing the eighth boat to be let down. There was only one seaman in sight, but a number of stewards had rushed up between the crowding men and women. The Captain turned to the stewards and asked them if they knew how to row. They answered 'Yes,' hastily, and four of them were allowed to jump in.
"Only twenty women were near the boat, and these were put in. My daughter Ruth was among the first, but I said that I wouldn't go if my husband did not accompany me. There was room for fourteen more after that last woman had found her place, and they all pleaded to let the men take the empty seats.
"But the Captain said that he would not allow it. I was frantic. There was that boat, ready to be lowered into the water and only half full. Then the orders came to lower. The men were pleading for permission to step in, and one came forward to take a place next to his wife. I heard a shot, and I am sure it was he that went down.
"Then the boat swung out from the deck. I was still with my husband, and Ruth had already disappeared below the deck. I gave a great cry---I remember perfectly calling out the name of my daughter---and two men tore me from my husband's side, lifted me, one by the head and one by the feet, and dropped me over the side of the deck into the lowering boat. I struck on the back of my head, but I had furs on, and that fact probably saved me from greater injury.
"The terrible thing was that we had so much room left for the poor men who were snatched away. When we got to the water the four stewards who had told the Captain they could row, couldn't row at all. There was only one seaman to command the boat, and and English woman whose name I cannot now remember took an oar and rowed until we were half a mile from the Titanic. My daughter also had furs on. The sailor took them from her.
"You'll not need them," he said, and we never saw them again. Yes, we saw the boat go down. Gradually as she sank the lights in front would disappear. In that way we could see how slowly she sank---it was very slow."
Mrs. Taussig, who is living with here father, Hermann Mandelbaum, at 1,229 Park Avenue, complained that there was no alarm to awake the passengers. She says that the lack of sailors to man the lifeboats and the disorder in filling them was due to the fact that most of them were still below when the necessity of lowering became urgent.
She said that her husband, who was abandoned while the half-filled boat was lowered, was an expert oarsman and volunteered his services to the Captain.
"But he was ordered back," she said, "while the four stewards who couldn't row at all were permitted to jump in."
The New York Times, New York, NY 22 Apr 1912
NO COMPASS IN LIFEBOAT.
And No Food and Water, Woman Survivor Complains.
Special to The New York Times.
ITHACA, N. Y., April 20---"There was not even a compass, to say nothing of food and water, on the lifeboat in which my husband and I left the Titanic." said Mrs. Norman C. Chambers, who is visiting here mother, Dr. Elma Griggs, in this city, to-day.
Mrs. Chambers said they got off in the second lifeboat, that nothing was said about women first at that time, and that there were almost as many men as women among the thirty-eight persons on the boat. She said that the passengers at the time she left were unwilling to leave the boat and refused to take the matter seriously at all.
The New York Times, New York, NY 21 Apr 1912