Wednesday, May 17, 2023


A macabre account of how bodies of Titanic victims were found in the doomed vessel’s final missing lifeboat a month after the disaster has surfaced after 104 years. The three male corpses were discovered in the collapsable boat 200 miles from the wreck site by the passing British liner RMS Oceanic on May 13, 1912. The small craft was later identified as Collapsible Boat A, the last available lifeboat from the Titanic.The boat was never launched from the ill-fated liner after it struck an iceberg and started sinking on the night of April 14, 1912.

It was washed over the side when the Titanic disappeared beneath the waves and about 30 people in the freezing water climbed on it in a desperate attempt to survive. Most of them succumbed to exposure and died and 12 were rescued by another lifeboat before the collapsible boat was allowed to drift away.

The three corpses are believed to be two firemen from the engine room and first class passenger homson Beattie, 37, who was dressed in his dinner jacket. After seeing the lifeboat drifting in the water, the Oceanic’s captain manoeuvred the ship towards the object in the water.The crew and passengers goulishly watched with binoculars as it dawned on them there were bodies still on board. The eye-witness account described how the corpses were unrecognisable. It is not known who the Oceanic passenger was who wrote the description, which states: “I crossed the Atlantic one month after the Titanic catastrophe.

"We picked up one of the lifeboats with two minorities unrecognisable corpses of a passenger in evening dress and two firemen.

“The arms came off in the hands of the Oceanic boarding officer.

“The bodies were buried and a prayer service read. The lifeboat then hauled on to our deck.”

One picture shows six crew members being lowered on an Oceanic lifeboat into the Atlantic while a second shows the small boat rowing towards the object in the water in the distance. A wedding ring bearing the inscription ‘Edward to Gerda’ was also found on the boat....

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