What happened to Titanic's lifeboats?
The Carpathia docked first at the White Star Line’s pier in New York, (Pier 59) and unloaded 13 of the Titanic’s lifeboats, as seen above. The White Star Line attempted to deter people from stealing items from the lifeboats, but they were largely unsuccessful and many items were taken, such as nameplates, life jackets, oars, and blankets. To this day, nobody knows exactly what happened to them, but they were most likely used on other White Star ships, possible including the Olympic (as the White Star Line was forced to quickly acquire many new lifeboats to keep people sailing on their ships and to comply with new regulations), or rotted away in a shed. The lifeboats that were not taken on board the Carpathia were left to drift at sea.
Film footage of RMS Carpathia nearing arrival in New York on 18 April 1912, carrying the 705 survivors of the sinking of RMS Titanic three days earlier.