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Commander John Edward Smith: Captain R.M.S. Titanic


Statue of Captain Edward Smith in Beacon Park,...

Statue of Captain Edward Smith in Beacon Park, Lichfield (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunday’s article, Titanic: The HMS Hawke, The SS New York, & Captain Smith, will introduce you to a side of Captain Smith no one has seen for 100 years.

Walter Lord said that “… ships had gotten too big for Captain Smith.” The celebrated Titanic author said that Captain Smith wandered away in a daze after the disaster, and described Captain Smith as indecisive.

One blogger on wordpress wrote such a tirade on Captain Smith it hurt my eyes just reading it.

For 100 years Captain Smith has been maligned. Now you will discover the rest of Captain Smith’s story, and you will discover why so many have gotten Captain Smith wrong.

The evidence has been right in front of our eyes for 100 years. It needed a mariner and researcher to identify the clues and point them out for the rest of the world to see.

Nothing surmised or made up, just connecting the dots of over looked and seemingly meaningless actions, misunderstood evidence, and testimony.

Authors and researchers describe Captain Smith as a man admired and respected by subordinates, peers, seniors, and passengers alike. They describe how Captain Smith never raised his voice with subordinates, and yet was always, willingly, and enthusiastically obeyed by juniors. Then they proceed to describe him as outdated and indecisive during the disaster.

There is a reason professional mariners admired, respected, and enthusiastically followed Captain Smith; and this Sunday’s article will reveal those reason’s to you.

Edward J. Smith, captain of the Titanic

Edward J. Smith, captain of the Titanic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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.

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

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Titanic 12:25 AM 15 April 1912


Since striking the iceberg the engineers and their men have worked diligently to keep up with the incoming water. Now they can do no more than slow Titanic’s sinking, Titanic will sink.

With this new and dreaded information, Captain Smith orders the lifeboats to be loaded and lowered away, women and children first.

Titanic begins sending distress signals with the corrected position 41 degrees 46 minutes North, 50 degrees 17 minutes West.

Carpathia hears the Titanic distress call.

 

Titanic Memorial -- Washington (DC) April 2012

Titanic Memorial -- Washington (DC) April 2012 (Photo credit: Ron Cogswell)

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Titanic 12:01 AM 15 April 1912


In the 20 minutes since Titanic struck the iceberg two tours of the forward part of the ship have been conducted. After the first tour, Captain Smith knew the ship was badly damaged, but according to Chief Officer Bell the pumps could keep up with the water. Captain Smith gave the order for Titanic to move slow ahead. Now, because of the increase in incoming water due to Titanic getting underway again, the pumps can no longer keep up with the incoming water, even after Titanic stops. Titanic will sink.

Captain Smith orders the boats to be uncovered and distress signals to be sent. At 12:25 Captain Smith will order the life boats to be loaded … women and children first.

RMS Titanic Women's Memorial

RMS Titanic Women's Memorial (Photo credit: dbking)

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This is for the Person Who Knows Everything About the Titanic …


… or things they do. Over 200,000 Titanic related documents have just been released. Including documents such as Captain E.J. Smith‘s will. What can YOU learn?

click on the link to read the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/09/titanic-history-website-publishes-200000-records-related-to-doomed-ocean-liner_n_1411827.html

Statue of Captain Edward Smith in Beacon Park,...

Statue of Captain Edward Smith in Beacon Park, Lichfield (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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