As Titanic's boats were being lowered, 3rd officer Herbert John "Bert" Pitman was ordered by 1st officer Murdoch to take charge of lifeboat No. 5. Murdoch had ordered Pitman to take the lightly loaded lifeboat to the gangway doors to take on more passengers, but Pitman later testified that the doors were not opened as the boat waited about 100 yards away. As the stern slipped under water, he looked at his watch and announced, "It's 2.20," to his fellow lifeboat passengers. Hearing the screams of those in the water, Pitman immediately decided to row back and rescue whomever he could. However, the women in his lifeboat protested out of fear of being mobbed and capsized; the same women that moments earlier sharply objected to officers on the boat deck about their husbands and sons not being allowed to board the boats. So, Pitman moved on from the site. Pitman continued to serve with the White Star Line following the Titanic disaster. He served on the Oceanic and and Olympic, later moving from deck officer to purser because of failing eyesight. After 60 years serving at sea, Bert Pitman died in 1961 at the age of 84.