by Titanic Images | November 21st, 2011
Edward John Smith was born on the 27th of January 1850 and died on April 15th 1912.
On the 12th of July 1887 Edward John Smith married Sarah Eleanor Pennington, and their daughter Helen Melville Smith was born on the 2nd of April 1898.
Smith did join the White Star Line in 1880, and started his serviece as the Fourth Officer of the SS Celtic
From 1904 and on, he did have the Command on the White Star Line´s newest ships on their maiden voyages, he did serve as a commander for “Baltic” in 1904, “Adriatic” in 1907, both these maiden voyages went whitout incidents. He also recived the Royal Naval Reserve´s long decoration, and would from that day be refered to as “Captain Edward John Smith, RD, RNR” Whit RD meaning for “Reserve Decoration”
In 1912 Smith was appointed Captain of R.M.S Titanic during her maiden voyage, he is said to be planing his retirement after Titanics maiden voyage. On the 10th of April 1912 Smith left his home and took a taxi to Southamptom docks, and walk aboard the Titanic at 7AM to prepare the departure.
When Titanic started her departure the huge amount of water displaced by Titanic as she passed caused the laid-up ship New York to break from her moorings and start to swing towards Titanic, only some quick actions from Captain Smith avoided an early end to the maiden voyage.
Just four days later at 11:40PM on April 14th, Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic, the ship would sink in only two hours and forty minutes, taking about 1,500 persons whit her, Captain Edward John Smith was one of them who died, his body where never found
There is a statue to his legacy in Beacon Park, Lichfield, England.
The plaque below his memorial statue in Lichfield states: “Commander Edward John Smith, RD, RNR. Born January 27 1850, Died April 15 1912, Bequeathing to his countrymen the memory and example of a great heart, a brave life and a heroic death. Be British.”