Introduction1. At an early stage Life2. First Ships3. Ship"s Officer4. Titanic5. Evacuation6. Lifeboat 147. The Return8. Collapsibles & Carpathia9. US and also UK Inquiries10. Post-Titanic and War11. Post-war & Retirement12. Fatality & Memorials13. Life in Pictures14. Film Portrayals15. Timeline

Fifth Officer Harold Lowe - The Return


Fifth Officer Lowe (Ioan Gruffudd) thinking around returning come wreck website as portrayed in James Cameron"s 1997 film "Titanic". (Click picture to enlarge)

An Hour Delay?

Lowe stated that he eventually waited to go earlier "until the drowning civilization had thinned out."(US Inquiry, job 5)

Daisy Minahan go not repaint a favorable portrayal that Lowe, alleging the he firstly walk not desire to return because that survivors and that the mistreated her:

Some the the women implored Officer Lowe, the No. 14, to divide his passengers amongst the three various other boats and go earlier to rescue. His an initial answer come those requests was, "You ought to be damn glad you are here and also have acquired your very own life." After part time he was persuaded to perform as he to be asked. As I came as much as him to be transferred to the other boat he said, "Jump, God damn you, jump." I had showed no hesitancy and was waiting only my turn. He had been for this reason blasphemous during the two hours we were in his watercraft that the ladies at my end of the boat all believed he was under the affect of liquor. Then he took all of the men who had actually rowed No. 14, together with the guys from the other boats, and also went ago to the step of the wreck. (Senate Inquiry)


Passenger Daisy Minahan"s declared Lowe to be reluctant to return, but this is not supported by any kind of other eye-witness.(Encyclopedia Titanica)

However Minahan"s portrayal is not supported by any other eyewitness testimony. In fact it seems passengers might have had actually a speak in exactly how soon he went back. Crowe reported: "The officer stated we can take 80 human being in all, yet the ladies seemed to make a protest in ~ his idea that going ago again through these civilization in the boat." (US Inquiry, day 5)

Ultimately Lowe "lay off", together he explained it "until the drowning people had thinned out….I have to say an hour and also a half; somewhere under two hours." (US Inquiry)

AB Scarrott believed it was only "couple of minutes": "When the ship sank, when there to be nothing left of her over the water, he waited, ns suppose, around a pair of minutes, not more, and ordered all our watercrafts to row where we last witnessed the ship to view if we might pick increase anybody." (British Inquiry)

Conversely ab Frank Evans claimed "It must have actually been around an hour and also a half, I must think." (US Inquiry)

Senator smith at the us Inquiry discussed that Pitman on boat no.5 did no return in ~ all, Lowe climate said: "Because he would certainly be hazarding all the rest of your lives. The is the believed that struck me." (US Inquiry, day 5)

Later Lowe increased on this:

It would not have been wise or safe for me to have actually gone over there before, because the totality lot of us would have been swamped and then nobody would have actually been saved... What room you walk to do with a boat of 65 whereby 1,600 civilization are drowning?...I was just on the margin. If anybody had actually struggled out of the mass, i was there to choose them up; but it was useless for me to enter the mass….It would have actually been suicide.(US Inquiry, job 5)

When senator Smith suggested he can have conserved 15 Lowe replied "You might not carry out it, sir…made the attempt, sir, as shortly as any kind of man might do so, and I am not scared of speak it. Ns did not hang back or anything else. "(US Inquiry, day 5)

At the British inspection Lowe added it "would have actually been self-destruction to go ago there till the human being had thinned out….it would have actually been useless to try it, since a drowning guy clings at anything…I had actually to wait till I could be of part use. It to be no great going back there to be swamped." (British Inquiry)

Sir Robert Finlay, that headed the White Star Line"s representation at the brother Inquiry, proclaimed in summary that Lowe was no to be blamed:

"He waited, an operation of the many painful character, requiring good nerve and great coolness, he waited till the sea had done its work with the an excellent majority that people, and also then put earlier and choose up a few of the survivors. But to suggest, as some inquiries which were placed suggested, the there to be inhumanity in not pushing right into that crowd of drowning world in the hope of saving them, is, i submit, a food based upon ignorance of the basic conditions the attend on the endeavour come save world who space struggling in the water when, if you push your boat amongst them, the only an outcome will be the those in the watercraft are added to the roll of victims." (British Inquiry)

The Rescue

Lowe recruited perhaps up come nine males to return v him come the wreckage to look because that survivors. Follow to abdominal Frank Evans, indigenous no.10 boat, when they reviewed to the wreckage there to be "Eight or nine" (US Inquiry). Crowe claimed that it to be "impressed upon united state that we should go back to the wreck":

Senator BOURNE.

You are watching: Name of fifth officer who went back to look for survivors

did Officer Lowe call for volunteer to return to the wreck?Mr. CROWE. No, sir; he impression upon us that we must go ago to the wreck.Senator BOURNE. was there any type of protest?Mr. CROWE. None whatever, sir. A second-class passenger named Williams, the champion racket player the England, returned with us.Senator BOURNE. the volunteered his service?Mr. CROWE. Yes, sir. (US Inquiry)


Some of the crew that manned lifeboat 14 the Lowe took ago to the wreck site. From left: abdominal Joseph Scarrott, Charles Williams, ab Frank Oliver Evans, ab Edward Buly

Consequently, Lowe had the ability to organise the following crew to guy lifeboat 14:

• abdominal Joseph Scarrott (from lifeboat 14)• Saloon steward George Crowe (from lifeboat 14)• Charles Williams, racket player (from lifeboat 14)• abdominal Frank Oliver Evans (from lifeboat 10)• ab Edward Buly (from lifeboat 10)

Lowe described returning to wreckage together an understandably an overwhelming process, as "it was fairly awkward to acquire in amongst it, because you might not row, since of the bodies. You had to push your method through" (British Inquiry). He explained in detail:

Then i went off and also I rowed turn off to the wreckage and also around the wreckage and I picked up four people...Four alive….I execute not understand who those three live persons were; they never came close to me afterwards, one of two people to speak this, that, or the other. But one died, and also that to be a Mr. Hoyt, of brand-new York, and it took every the boat"s crew to pull this gentleman into the boat, due to the fact that he was an huge man, and also I expect he had been soaked fairly well v water, and when we picked him increase he was bleeding from the mouth and from the nose. So us did get him top top board and also I propped the up at the stern the the boat, and we let go his collar, take it his collar off, and also loosened his shirt so regarding give that every possibility to breathe; but, unfortunately, the died. I mean he was too much gone when we choose him up. However the various other three survived. Ns then left the wreck. Ns went right about and, strange come say, ns did not see a single female body, not one, around the wreckage. "(US Inquiry, job 5)


An artist"s impression the lifeboat 14 returning because that survivors (Source: Titanic - The Disaster the Shocked the World by note Dubowski)

AB Scarrott defined the grisly task:

During the moment that was going on - us intended to make rapid ourselves, that course, with the four - we heard cries coming from one more direction. Mr. Lowe decided to transport the passenger that us had, so many in every boat, and also then comprise the full crew; it did not issue whether that was sailors or anything, and make increase the full crew and also go in the direction of those cries and also see if we can save anybody else. The boats were do fast and the passengers to be transferred, and we walk away and also went among the wreckage. As soon as we obtained to where the cries were we were among hundreds, I need to say, the dead body floating in lifebelts...Yes, and the wreckage and also bodies seemed to be every hanging in one cluster. Once we acquired up come it we obtained one man, and also we acquired him in the stern that the watercraft - a passenger it was, and also he died shortly after ~ we gained him into the boat. Among the stewards that was in the boat tried way to gain back life to the man; he loosed him and also worked his limbs about and rubbed him; however it to be of no avail at all, because the male never recovered ~ we got him into the boat. We acquired two others then together we driven our means towards the wreckage, and also as we got towards the centre we witnessed one guy there. I have due to the fact that found out he was a storekeeper; he was on height of a staircase; it appeared to be a huge piece that wreckage anyhow which had actually come from some component of the ship. That was timber anyhow. It looked prefer a staircase. He was kneeling there as if he to be praying, and at the very same time he was calling for help. As soon as we witnessed him we were around from below to that wall surface away indigenous him, and also the boats, the wreckage were that thick - and I am i m really sorry to say over there were much more bodies 보다 there to be wreckage - it took united state a good half-hour to acquire that street to that male to acquire through the bodies. We could not heat the boat; we had to push them out of the means and pressure our boat up to this man. But we walk not acquire close sufficient to gain him ideal off - only just within the with of one oar. We placed out one oar ~ above the fore-part of the boat, and also he got hold the it, and he controlled to hold on, and we gained him into the boat. Those three survived. There to be one dead in our boat, and also that was the passenger, thefirst one us picked up. (British Inquiry)


Fifth Officer Lowe (Ioan Gruffudd) and crew rowing v the bodies as portrayed in James Cameron"s 1997 film "Titanic". (Click photo to enlarge)

Buly describes turning over the bodies to examine if they to be alive:

We gained away from the ship, and around an hour afterwards Officer Lowe come alongside, and also he had actually his boat filled up, and also he distributed them among the various other boats, and also he claimed to all the seamen in the boat to run in his watercraft until the went back among the wreckage to see if over there were any type of people that had actually lived…and choose up the remaining live bodies…There were not really many there. We got four of them. Every the others to be dead…there were a good couple of dead, sir. Of course you can not discern them exactly on account of the wreckage; however we rotate over several of castle to see if they were alive. The looked together though none of them were drowned. Lock looked as though they were frozen. The life belts they had actually on to be that much out of the water, and also their heads to be laid back, v their deals with on the water, numerous of them. Their hands to be coming up like that .(US Inquiry, job 5)

Crowe pointed out - in contradiction come Lowe"s declare of no seeing any type of female bodies, that they did see the human body of a woman:

Returning ago to the wreckage, we heard various cries, and also endeavored to get amongst them, and we were successful in law so and also in picking one body up that was floating approximately in the water; as soon as we gained him right into the watercraft - after an excellent difficulty, that being such a heavy man - he expired quickly afterwards. Walking farther right into the wreckage we came across a steward or among the crew, and we got him right into the boat, and also he was an extremely cold and also his hand were kind of stiff, but we gained him in and he recovered by the moment we got ago to the Carpathia…also a Japanese or Chinese young fellow that we picked increase on optimal of several of the wreckage - it could have been a sideboard or table - the was floating around. We stopped until daybreak, and also we experienced in the street a raft or Berthon watercraft submerged, in the distance, through a crowd of guys on it. We discussed to the boat and found most likely 20, or there can have been 25, men and 1 woman; additionally 3 or 4 dead bodies, which us left. Returning again under canvas sail - us stepped our mast in ~ night - we soaked up tow a collapsible boat containing completely 60 human being - women, children, and men. (US Inquiry)


Fifth Officer Lowe (Ioan Gruffudd) and crew rowing v the bodies as portrayed in James Cameron"s 1997 movie "Titanic". (Click image to enlarge)

AB frank Evans confirmed the 4 that were rescued v one dying, in addition to the psychological impact of see so many dead:

"We picked up four persons alive...One died on the means back, sir. There to be plenty of dead bodies around us. Girlfriend couldn"t hardly counting them, sir. I was afraid to look over the sides since it could break my nerves down….. I should think between 150 and 200. We had great an obstacle in obtaining through castle to gain to the wreck." (US Inquiry)

48 year old an initial class passenger Emily Ryerson, initially in watercraft no.4, also witnessed the rescue:

"Then we turned to choose up few of those in the water. Some of the ladies protested, but others persisted, and also we dragged in 6 or 7 men; the males we rescued were principally stokers, stewards, sailors, etc., and were for this reason chilled and also frozen currently they could hardly move. 2 of them passed away in the stern later and also many to be raving and moaning and delirious most of the time. We had actually no lights or compass. Over there were numerous babies in the boat, yet there was no milk or water. (I believe these were all stowed away somewhere, but no one knew where, and also as the bottom that the watercraft was complete of water and also the boat full of people it to be very daunting to discover anything.)" (US Inquiry)


An artist"s impression that lifeboat 14 finding out a survivor (Source: Titanic - The Disaster that Shocked the World by mark Dubowski)

If Lowe"s electric torch that he had actually been offered by Dr john Simpson during the loading that lifeboat 14 to be still working during the rescue is unconfirmed, although john Poingdestre did testify that "nobody had actually a light; only Mr. Lowe had a flash electrical light belonging to himself, i believe." (British Inquiry)

The 4 Saved

Lowe and his crew were able to save four, one of whom later on died. Three of these four individuals have actually been identified and they are:

1. Mr William Fisher Hoyt - died

William Fisher Hoyt

Hoyt was a 43 year old American businessman travel in first class who had actually joined Titanic in Cherbourg. When Lowe uncovered him in his life jacket. He died shortly after gift found. The new York times of 27 April 1912 declared that Hoyt was the "first victim of the Titanic catastrophe to it is in pronounced legally dead.

Harold G. Lowe, 5th officer the the Titanic, told Gordon Hoyt thatafter the Titanic sank he had heard moaning and had found a large manheld up by a life preserver. The guy was so heavy that it took all thestrength the the lifeboat"s crew to acquire him top top board. The man passed away afterbeing rescued. An affidavit by Lowe to be attached come the application forletters of administration. This told how Mr. Hoyt"s body had beenidentified. In his pockets to be cards and papers and also a watch and chainof peculiar workmanship. The cards included a membership card in the NewYork strong Club and an identification map issued by the Fidelity andCasualty agency of new York. Mr. Hoyt was buried at sea indigenous the Carpathia on April 16, Lowe stated." (The brand-new York Times,27 April 1912)

2. Steward Harold Phillimore - survived

Steward Harold Phillimore (Encyclopedia Titanica)

Phillimore to be a 23 year old british saloon steward in 2nd class. Follow to Encyclopedia Titanica "Harold continued to be on the Titanic during her final throes and also managed to rise aboard part floating wreckage whereby he invested time with an additional man who later passed away of exposure. The was among only a very few men rescued from the water by lifeboat 14 … Phillimore spied the boat approaching and called out, with Lowe and his crew responding by travelling towards him and extending the end an oar for him to grasp. Such was his frozen problem though that he was unable to grasp it but he was at some point hauled into boat 14." (Encyclopedia Titanica)

Phillimore must be the "storekeeper" the Scarrot referenced, together there is additionally mention of utilizing an oar to rescue him: "a storekeeper; he was on optimal of a staircase; it appeared to be a large piece the wreckage anyhow which had actually come indigenous some part of the ship. That was wood anyhow. The looked choose a staircase. He was kneeling there together if he to be praying, and at the same time he was calling for help… the took us a great half-hour to get that distance to that male to get through the bodies. We might not heat the boat; we had actually to push them the end of the way and force our watercraft up to this man. However we go not acquire close sufficient to obtain him right off - only simply within the with of one oar. We put out one oar on the fore-part of the boat, and also he gained hold that it, and also he controlled to host on, and also we obtained him into the boat. Those 3 survived. There was one dead in our boat, and also that to be the passenger, the very first one us picked up."(British Inquiry)

3. Fang Lang - Chinese seafarer - survived

Chinese sailor Fang Lang(GazetteXtra)

Variously figured out as a passenger, sailor and "small Japanese" the actual identification of the individual saved by Lowe has for part time been largely uncertain. Follow to a dramatic retelling by second class passenger Charlotte Collyer, most likely an occupant the lifeboat 14, the conserving of this sailor resulted in an interesting adjust in Lowe"s appraisal of the man:

A small further on, we saw a floating door the must have actually been torn loosened when the delivery went down. Lying upon it, face downward, was a tiny Japanese. He had actually lashed himself with a rope come his frail raft, using the damaged hinges to make the knots secure. As far as we might see, he to be dead. The sea washed over him every time the door bobbed up and down, and he to be frozen stiff. That did no answer once he was hailed, and the officer hesitated around trying to save him."What"s the use?" stated Mr Lowe. He"s dead, likely, and if the isn"t there"s others much better worth conserving than a j--!"He had actually rotate our boat around; yet he adjusted his mind and also went back. The Japanese was hauled top top board, and also one the the females rubbed his chest, while others chafed his hands and also feet. In less time than it takes to tell, he opened up his eyes. He speak to us in his own tongue; then, see that we did no understand, he struggled to his feet, extended his arms over his head, stamped his feet, and also in five minutes or for this reason had almost recovered his strength. Among the sailors near to him was so tired that he can hardly traction his oar. The Japanese bustled over, pushed him indigenous his seat, took the oar and also worked choose a hero till we were ultimately picked up. I witnessed Mr Lowe watching that in open-mouthed surprise."By Jove!" muttered the officer. "I"m awkward of what i said around the small blighter. I"d save the likes o" him six times over, if I obtained the chance." (The Semi-Monthly Magazine, may 1912, how I was conserved from the Titanic)


Fifth Officer Lowe (Ioan Gruffudd) and also crew uncover a Chinese guy as illustrated in a turned off scene indigenous James Cameron"s 1997 movie "Titanic". (Click picture to enlarge)

This Chinese seafarer was among eight seafarers from Hong Kong that boarded Titanic at Southampton as paying 3rd class passengers, travelling together on the same ticket. The the eight, 2 died:

Lee Ling - diedLen Lam - died

Leaving united state with six names, one of whom Lowe rescued:

Lee Bing - survivedChang Chip -survivedChoong Foo -survivedLing Hee --survivedAli Lam --survivedFang Lang - rescued


Fifth Officer Lowe (Ioan Gruffudd) and crew rescue a Chinese male as illustrated in a deleted scene indigenous James Cameron"s 1997 film "Titanic". (Click photo to enlarge)

According to a new documentary entitled "The Six" by Arthur Jones and Steven Schwankert (with executive producer James Cameron) about the making it through Chinese sailors, the identity of the seafarer that Lowe saved has actually been evidenced as Fang Lang:

Fang’s story is particularly harrowing: he was uncovered floating ~ above a door to which he had actually tied himself. After ~ he was pulled — freeze — from the wreckage, the tirelessly rowed the lifeboat to safety and was praised because that his efforts, according to accounts that Jones and also his team collected. The 1997 film recreated Fang’s rescue, but the scene was not consisted of in the last cut. He never said a word to his son, Tom Fong — who appears in “The Six.”

(Sixth Tone, Link:

If accurate, Fang Lang was aged 26, unmarried and was travelling to brand-new York with his eight partner from the Donald Line"s Anetta, as a fireman.


Portraits that Fang Lang (real name Wing sun Fong) Harold Lowe. (Credit: image to enlarge)

According to a 22 September 2019 version of the GazetteXtra, his actual name to be Wing sunlight Fong and also he was 17 years old. "Tom Fong, soup Sun’s son, is a Janesville resident… claimed his father never common with him... Fong said throughout his childhood and also as a young adult his relatives had actually hinted that his father had survived a shipwreck, but Fong said his father never ever spoke around the accident come him or his mother."


Fang Lang"s grandson Tom Fong (Credit:

Tom Fong at the time of the short article being created was 59 year old - his father 65 years old as soon as was born. "Wing sun spoke small English and also died almost 40 years ago." yet a cousin had actually casually stated in 2003 "You know, the Titanic: the was the shipwreck your dad survived.” during the research study for the documentary that was developed that "Fong claimed researchers now understand Wing sun wrote to family members on Xiachuan around his person on the island has poetry Fong composed to them detailing his battle to stay afloat in the frigid s as others in the frigid water cried for aid from the darkness neighboring him.""

The Unknown survivor - Robert Daniel or Emilio Portaluppi?

The fourth is presently unknown. There does no seem come be any type of description by Lowe or the rescue crew to help with identifying this man. One possibility, increased by Vitaly Savinkin of the Russian Titanic Society, is that it to be Robert Daniel, a 27-year-old first class passenger. A contemporary newspaper report stated:

“I had not bring away time to dress and wore only a bathrobe. Under this I had actually slipped a life preserver. It didn"t seem come me that we were sinking, however the waters seemed increasing up end us. Finally, i jumped in and also I wasstruggling around among the ice cream cakes, fighting because that my life, when I to be rescued…. There were several shots fired, however. I witnessed one guy discharge a revolver numerous times to frighten others away from a lifeboat and also then got into that himself. In fact, I witnessed him later on in the very lifeboat that picked me up." (April, 20, 1912, The brand-new York Times)


Robert Williams Daniel, 1915, courtesythe nationwide Archives and also Records Administration/Mike Poirier.

The officer who fired a revolver numerous times in lifeboat 14 that additionally rescued people is that course, fifth Officer Lowe. So the is amazing that Daniel then adds "I experienced him after that in the really lifeboat that picked me up."

On one more occasion he reported he to be "far increase on one of the optimal decks once I jumped. Around me were numerous others in the water. My bathrobe floated away, and also it was icily cold. I struck out at once." (Titanic –Tibballs, p.89). But it looks favor we can preeminence out Daniel together a possibility after the relax of a thoroughly researched short article on Encyclopedia Titanica entitled A Titanic Mystery: experimenting the escape of Robert W. Daniel through Randy Bryan Bigham, Richard Edwards and Brandon Whited, i beg your pardon concluded the he was most likely rescued native the water through lifeboat 4 - the inhabitants of i beg your pardon were later on redistributed in Lowe"s flotilla the lifeboats 4, 10 12 and collapsible D.


Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi, 1930s (Encyclopedia Titanica)

Another feasible candidate is Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi, a 30-year-old Italian-American 2nd class passenger. The Times newspaper reported:

Emilio Portaluppi, a second cabin passenger, reflects that he was an initial awakened by the explosion of one of the ship"s boilers. The hurried up to deck one and also strapped on a lifebelt. Complying with the example of others, he climate leapt right into the sea, and held on come an icefloe, through the aid of i m sorry he regulated to store afloat till he was watched by those in the lifeboats and also rescued.(The Times, April 20, 1912)

Worcester TelegramNew York, April 19.- A vast cake of ice was the means of aiding Emilo Portaluppi that Aricgabo, Italy, in escaping fatality when the Titanic went down. Portaluppi, a second class passenger, was awakened by the to explode of among the boilers that the ship. He hurried come the deck, strapped a life preserver around him and following the instance of others, leaped right into the sea. With the help of the preserver and also by hold on come a cake of ice he controlled to store afloat. He was checked out by one of the lifeboats and picked up. There were 35 other human being in the boat when he was hauled aboard.

See more: How To Find The Inverse Of A Log Function, Writing The Inverse Of Logarithmic Functions

The Milford Cabinet: No women were around on the deck where he stood, and also he attempted to acquire into the lifeboat. Luck was against him, or appeared to be, because that he lost his footing and also fell right into the s … when he fight the water grandfather Portalupi uncovered that that was no alone. And also many others were swimming or floating in the icy, numbing water. At when he struck out and also had flourished in putting 4 or 5 hundred yards between himself and also the ship prior to she took the last plunge... Together time went on and also the very first streaks the dawn do it possible to differentiate objects the half-frozen male in the Water saw close to him a woman, supported by a life preserver, and additionally a boy which had succumbed come the cold and died. Among the lifeboats, pass near, came within ear shot, and also the crew rescued the man and woman, pulling both right into the boat. Here also the cold was practically intolerable. And of the men and also women in the frail craft, three died front the exposure prior to the Carpathia got to them. Their bodies to be taken aboard and also buried at sea.


The four human being rescued indigenous the water by fifth Officer Lowe, clockwise from height left: william Hoyt (died); Robert Daniel or Emilio Portaluppi; Fang Lang; Harold Phillimore