Rigel, a big black Newfoundland dog, belonging to First Officer Murdoch, saved the passengers in Life Boat #4. They were drifting in front of the Carpathia, too weak to call out. The dog had swam in the icy water for three hours, probably looking for his master. He was swimming in front of the lifeboat and alerted the Carpathia crew by barking. The boat might not have been rescued if not for the sharp barking of Rigel.
This pocket watch, found on John Starr March’s body when it was recovered at sea, stopped ticking at 1:27. It is logical to infer that it stopped at 1:27 a.m. on the morning of April 15, 1912 as a result of the sinking. As such, it strongly suggests that the postal clerks survived the initial in-rush of water in the mail compartment around 11:40 p.m. It also supports the eye witness accounts of survivors who stated that the mail clerks were actively attempting to rescue the mail untill the end