Captain Henry Parsell
Captain Henry Parsell of the Majestic. The Great Atlantic Liners, May 1895. GGA Image ID # 12e6865d77
Captain Parsell, of the Adriatic. is unlike all the other commanders of Messrs. Ismay and Imrie's fleet. He has a distinct personality about him which makes one glad to know him and likely to remember him.
His age is not so easy to guess as most men's, because when he smiles — as he frequently does — his face is as frank and merry as that of a schoolboy; but when he falls into a reverie and talks of his wanderings on icy seas so many years ago, you can't help thinking that this young - looking man must really be almost a patriarch.
Nothing will better indicate the man than by saying he enjoys the esteem of everybody who has ever met him, and possesses the entire confidence of the company.
So strong, indeed, is he in the confidence and good graces of the line that he has always been the pioneer officer in any new development of the White Star service. There is not a sea on the planet he has not navigated.
He has sailed upon the Arctic as well as upon the Antarctic, and all the big streams that flow between the two. He is an intelligent man, and of so genial a type that he never gets out of patience with a passenger even if he is stormed with an arsenal of such landsmen's questions as would drive many a mariner to distraction.