Edward John Smith

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Captain Edward John Smith, Royal Naval Reserve (27 January 1850 – 15 April 1912) was the captain of the RMS Titanic when it sank in 1912


  • "When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident… or any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort."
  • "I cannot imagine, in our age, such a grand ocean liner as the Titanic foundering. The newspapers seem to be correct in their statements."

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