Boat 3 (starboard) Edit
Around 32 people boarded Boat 3, with Able-Bodied Seaman George Moore put in charge by Murdoch. Again, mostly women and children boarded, with a few men allowed in at the end. They included Henry S. Harper, who was accompanied by his valet, dragoman and Pekingese dog, Sun Yat Sen.
As happened many times that night, male passengers helped their wives and children to board and then stood back, accepting that they would go down with the ship. A notable example was the railroad manager Charles Melville Hays who saw his wife into Boat 3 and then retreated, making no attempt to board any of the remaining lifeboats. Margaret Brown later described the scene in an interview with The New York Times:
The whole thing was so formal that it was difficult for anyone to realise it was a tragedy. Men and women stood in little groups and talked. Some laughed as the boats went over the side. All the time the band was playing ... I can see the men up on deck tucking in the women and smiling. It was a strange night. It all seemed like a play, like a dream that was being executed for entertainment. It did not seem real. Men would say 'After you' as they made some woman comfortable and stepped back.
The occupants included:
- George Moore, able-bodied seaman put in charge of boat
- Charlotte Drake Cardeza, a Philadelphia heiress who also brought into the boat her son and two servants
- Henry S. Harper, owner of a New York City publishing firm also brought into the boat his wife, Myra, pekinese dog Sun Yat Sen and servant
- The Spedens, wealthy family from philadelphia
- Clara Hays, wife of wealthy Canadian Charles Melville Hays
- Harry Anderson, a Wall Street stockbroker
Eleven crewmen were among the occupants of this boat. It suffered the same problems with lowering that Boat 7 had encountered, with the lifeboat descending in fits and starts as the lowering ropes repeatedly stuck in the pulleys, but eventually reached the water safely. After Titanic sank the lifeboat drifted, while the bored women passengers passed the time by bickering with each other over minor annoyances. The occupants had a long wait in freezing conditions and were not rescued until about 7.30 am when the Carpathia arrived.