RMS Titanic Listing of the Deck Officers

Captain Edward John Smith Who Went Down with His Ship

Captain Edward John Smith Who Went Down with His Ship. The Literary Digest (27 April 1912) p. 865. GGA Image ID # 1084643a7b

A complete listing of the Officers of the RMS Titanic who were part of the Deck department. Rank, designations, and certificates of competence were also included for all officers.

  1. Captain: Commander Edward John Smith, RNR (Retd) (Note 1)
  2. Chief Officer: Lieutenant Henry Tingle Wilde, RNR
  3. First Officer: Lieutenant William McMaster Murdoch, RNR
  4. Second Officer: Sub-Lieutenant Charles Herbert Lightoller, RNR
  5. Third Officer: Mr. Herbert John Pitman (Note 2)
  6. Fourth Officer: Sub-Lieutenant Joseph Groves Boxhall, RNR
  7. Fifth Officer: Sub-Lieutenant Harold Godfrey Lowe, RNR
  8. Sixth Officer: Sub-Lieutenant James Paul Moody, RNR

Officers of the RMS Titanic

Officers and Complements of the RMS Titanic. From left to right, seated In the foreground, are Chief Surgeon W. F. N. O’Laughlin; First Officer H. T. Wilde, and Purser W. McElroy. Directly in the foreground Captain E. 'Smith, and standing in the rear are other of the ship’s officers. New York American (17 April 1912) p. 6-7. GGA Image ID # 10b1ac3e3b

Master Certificates Held by the Titanic Officers

Certificates of Competency will be granted by the Board of Trade to all mates and masters who have passed examinations, whether under the old or the present regulations, and also to all officers who have passed Lieutenants', Masters', and Second Masters' examinations in the Royal Navy and East India Company's Service, unless special reasons to the contrary exist; and any person desirous of exchanging a passing certificate—obtained under the former Board of Examiners—for a Certificate of Competency, should send it to the RegistrarGeneral, as before mentioned, with a request to that effect, and state the port to which he wishes it to be sent, where it will be delivered to him by the Collector of Customs or the Shipping Master.

  • Captain, Edward Charles Smith, held an Extra Master’s Certificate;
  • Chief Officer, H. F. Wilde, held an Ordinary Master's Certificate;
  • First Officer, W. M. Murdoch, held an Ordinary Master's Certificate;
  • Second Officer, C. H. Lightoller, held an Extra Master's Certificate;
  • Third Officer, H. J. Pitman, held an Ordinary Master's Certificate;
  • Fourth Officer, J. G. Boxhall, held an Extra Master's Certificate;
  • Fifth Officer, H. G. Lowe, held an Ordinary Master's Certificate;
  • Sixth Officer, J. P. Moody, held an Ordinary Master's Certificate.

Ordinary Master's Certificate: A MASTER must be twenty-one years of age, and have been six years at sea, of which one year must have been as first or Only Mate, and one year as Second Mate; or two years as First and Only Mate. (Service in a superior capacity is in all cases to be equivalent to service in an inferior capacity.)

Extra Master's Certificate: An EXTRA MASTER'S EXAMINATION is intended for such persons as are desirous of obtaining command of ships and steamers of the first class. Before being examined for an Extra Master's Certificate an applicant must have served one year as a Master with an ordinary Certificate of Competency, or as a Master having a First Class Certificate granted by one of the former Boards of Examiners.

Royal Navy Reserve

The Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) is the volunteer reserve force of the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom. The present RNR was formed by merging the original Royal Naval Reserve, created in 1859, and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), created in 1903. The Royal Naval Reserve has seen action in World War I, World War II, the Iraq War and Afghanistan.

Note 1: Captain Edward John Smith RD RNR – held the rank of commander within the RNR. He was captain of the White Star Line ships RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic, among others, and was Retired from the Royal Navy Reserves. He continued to use the RNR designation with (Retd) indicating he is retired from the Reserves.

Note 2: Pitman was the only officer not in the Royal Naval Reserve. In May 1900 he passed the examination for second mate, in June 1902 the examination as first mate and qualified as a master mariner in August 1906.

Ranks held in the Royal Navy Reserve

  • Fleet Admiral
  • Admiral
  • Vice Admiral
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub Lieutenant
  • Midshipman
  • Officer Cadet

Note: The Surgeon, Purser, and Chief Engineer were also officers, but for consistency with our source materials, are included with the crew lists.

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