Shut up! This was one of the reasons most of the boats were launched partially empty: it was perhaps hoped that many people would jump into the water and swim to the boats.
One woman fell between lifeboat No.
In another instance, lifeboat number 11 was nearly lowered directly into the path of one of Titanic's pumps. The hull disintegrated as air escaped and bulkheads imploded.
Crews described their horror at the disaster scene in later accounts.
Lifeboats were supposed to be lowered with women and children from the boat deck and then subsequently to pick up F-G Deck women and children from open gangways.
However, just before midnight on April 14, the RMS Titanic failed to divert its course from an iceberg and ruptured at least five of its hull compartments. Those rivets may have been used because higher-grade rivets were in short supply, or because the better rivets couldn't be inserted in those areas using the shipyard's crane-mounted hydraulic equipment.
Byas Lifeboats 15 and 16 abandoned the ship, all of the boats in the second-class portion of the boat deck were gone.
Titanic could stay afloat with the first four compartments flooded, but it had already taken on water in five compartments, and a sixth was beginning to flood. It was Third Class that was the major source of profit for shipping lines like White Star, and Titanic was designed to offer these passengers accommodations and amenities superior to those found in Third Class on any other ship of that era.
Millionaire John Jacob Astor declared: "We are safer here than in that little boat. It became very apparent that the Titanic would sink. The focus was weighed heavily on the survival or loss of particular, upper-society personages.