Unlikely bond in Titanic's lifeboat eight


The families of a crewman and a countess who formed an unlikely friendship in one of Titanic's lifeboats have met for the first time 100 years after the ship sank.

Able Seaman Thomas William Jones was 32 years old when he boarded the Titanic as a member of the deck crew at Southampton.

Lucy Noël Martha, Countess of Rothes, was a first class passenger 'of independent means' and just a year older than the crewman when she boarded at the same port.

Five days after he left England, Mr Jones, who was known as Tommy, was put in charge of a lifeboat which contained 35 women, including the countess, who helped row the boat until they were rescued.

The pair forged a lifelong bond united by their survival of one of the worst maritime disasters in history.

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