Titanic 12:55 AM 15 April 1912


First Officer Murdoch (in charge of launching life boats on the starboard side) launches his second life boat, number 5, from the starboard side. Second Officer Lightoller (in charge of launching boats on the port side) launches the first life boat from the port (left) side, number 6.

Captain Smith will spend the rest of the night walking from the boat deck to the engine room and back. He will depend on his two most senior officers onboard, Chief Officer Wilde (in charge of the evacuation on the boat deck)  and Chief Engineer Bell (in charge of the efforts in the engine room to keep Titanic afloat). Captain Smith will use the crew companion ways as much as possible to avoid passengers (they will slow him down in his work to keep Titanic afloat). Captain Smith will also check in the radio shack for news from rescue ships when he reaches the boat deck.

At each instance when Captain Smith is near passengers he appears calm but firm, telling passengers they need to get into the life boats.

Captain Edward Smith statue - geograph.org.uk ...

Captain Edward Smith statue - geograph.org.uk - 1639912 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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