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This Day In History, April 15th, 2022 – “Down With The Ship”

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It was just 110 years ago today, April 15, 1912, when the “Unsinkable Ship” R.M.S. Titanic, slipped beneath the icy-cold waters of the North Atlantic, taking with her thousands of souls, including, in glorious fashion, the Captain, Edward Smith, for one must go down with their ship. The Titanic, along with every story in history, has so many perspectives to cover. Long-time readers may take note of a previous article of mine, entitled “Nearer My God To Thee”, about Wallace Hartley, the violinist and leader of the Titanic’s band from April 15, 2019. This article will focus on Captain Smith.

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Captain Edward Smith. Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Public Domain.

Now, with history, not everything can truly be determined as fact. Out of the chaos of that night and early morning, (the Titanic actually struck the iceberg on the 14th) there have been varying accounts of Captain Smith’s role. Many cheer him, though there are also a lot that deem him as a man in total shock and incompetence. Perhaps, it is a bit of both. We know that he did not survive, but we also know that he was not just locked up in his cabin. Many witnesses have given testimony of seeing him walking around the decks, giving orders, and encouraging those to keep calm. However, at the same time, in the bedlam of that doomed ship, there are many who state that Captain Smith was late in giving many of his orders, and was not the leader that others have previously portrayed him as. Alas, dear readers, I cannot give you the most accurate account, for it does not exist. I will write this; however, his body was never recovered, and often times, the legend remains in print, for this is so, Captain Edward Smith, true to words previously spoken to friends, did go down with his ship, 110 years ago, today.

What was happening yesterday, on April 14th?

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