January 27, 1850 - April 15, 1912
Captain Smith was planning to retire when he was hired to skipper the Titanic on her maiden voyage. When the ship hit the iceberg, he knew:
- The ship would sink in under two hours
- 16 lifeboats and 4 “collapsibles” had room for only 1,178 people
- 1,317 passengers plus an experienced crew of over 900 were on board, including 29 Able Seamen and 6 Officers
Orders issued: “Women and children first”
Final instructions: “You’ve done your duty, boys. Now it’s every man for himself.”
Captain Smith went down with his ship, as did most of his crew.
"You've done your duty, boys."