Photograph of the Month - April 2012

Past display archive
2 April - 30 April 2012

Room 31

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Edward John Smith, by Central Press, 1911 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Edward John Smith
by Central Press
1911
NPG x134354

April 2012 marks the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic. Smith was a respected captain who began his naval career at thirteen and joined the White Star Line in 1880. On 10 April 1912 the Titanic set sail from Southampton with just over 2,200 on board. Four days later the vessel struck an iceberg; Smith remained on board until all lifeboats had departed and was last seen on deck as the boat plunged into the sea. During the inquiry into the tragedy, Smith’s decision to continue through dangerous waters was criticised but he was exonerated of all blame.

He is shown here in his dark blue uniform with the Transport Medal, which he was awarded for his service during the Boer War, and the RNR medal for long-service.

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