The Terrible Cry Of Drowning People
A woman named Elizabeth Shutes, 40, was a governess. After the Titanic hit the iceberg, she was ordered to the Sun Deck. She later recalled getting on one of the lifeboats: “Our men knew nothing about the position of the stars, hardly how to pull together. Two oars were soon overboard. The men’s hands were too cold to hold on…Then across the water swept that awful wail, the cry of those drowning people. In my ears I heard: ‘She’s gone, lads; row like hell or we’ll get the devil of a swell.” She also noted how the ship prioritized “needless luxuries” over safety practices.