April 15, 1912: Lifeboat 11 is the Eleventh to be Launched







Monday, April 15th
1:35am

Lifeboat 11 is the eleventh to be launched.
Lowereded By: 1st Officer Murdoch
Crew member in charge: Seaman Sidney Humphreys

Lifeboat 11 was the eleventh to be launched from Titanic, and the sixth boat lowered on the starboard side. No. 11 was lowered down to A deck and several stewards were ordered into it to assist the passengers over the railing into the boat.
First Class Steward Edward Wheelton, reported that he guided about 40 women to A deck and then into lifeboat 11.


First class passenger Edith Rosenbaum, later known as Edith Russell, entered the boat with a small toy pig that played music. 

"I never would have left the ship, but a sailor came along and he said: “Say you! You don’t want to be saved? Well I’ll save your baby.” and he grabbed the pig from under my arm and he tossed it in the lifeboat." 

First class passenger
-Edith Rosenbaum



Edith followed the pig into the lifeboat, but some passengers thought it was a real pig, and were disgusted about having a pig in their lifeboat. Later, while waiting for rescue at sea, Edith would play the musical pig for the children in the lifeboat.



Edith Rosenbaum Russel's toy musical pig.

Watch this depiction of Edith Rosenbaum Russel 
with her musical toy pig, during and after the sinking...
Video Provided By: "A Night To Remember" (1958)
Edited By: Joshua Allen Milford


Second class passenger Ruth Becker.
Several second class passengers entered
number 11.
Mrs. Nellie Becker entered along with 2 of her 3 children. Ruth Becker, the oldest out of three, was told the boat was full and swiftly went to the next boat, lifeboat 13, into which she got in without any problem.



Several passengers claimed that the boat was lowered at dangerous angles and that a baby was thrown in at the last moment without it's mother.
When lifeboat 11 reached the water, it was discovered that there was no lamp in it and a crewman lighted a piece of rope to use as a light.

Number 11 is launched from Titanic with 50 of it's 65 seats occupied.