Sunday, 11 March 2012

Harold Godfrey Lowe

Harold Godfrey Lowe was the fifth officer on board the Titanic, which as history recorded, sank on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

After the iceberg had struck and some of the lifeboats had been launched Lowe, who had been placed into one of the lifeboats to co-ordinate the passengers, ordered his lifeboat to be rowed a short distance away from the Titanic. When the ship finally foundered at around 2.20 AM, Lowe had begun to gather several lifeboats together. He redistributed the survivors in the group of lifeboats he had gathered, to have one lifeboat ready for a search for additional survivors. When he returned to gather survivors, he picked up only four men, one of whom died later that night. Lowe's was the only boat to return for survivors.

Harold Lowe returned home to North Wales and later married. He died on 12 May 1944 at the age of 61 and was buried at the Llandrillo-yn-Rhos church in Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales.

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