April 18, 1859 – December 7, 1929
Seeing Lifeboat 6 dangling over the side and with only one crewmember, Peuchen volunteered to assist. Challenged by Second Officer Lightoller, Peuchen slid down the ropes to enter the boat. Peuchen, a Canadian officer and wealthy businessman, was the only male passenger Lightoller would allow into a lifeboat from the port side.
Peuchen came under scrutiny for not supporting Molly Brown when she tried to persuade Quartermaster Robert Hichens to go back to help swimmers.
Does Major Peuchen deserve extra scrutiny?