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Officers of the RMS Titanic

Last Photograph of the Senior Officers of the RMS Titanic

Last Photograph of the Some of the Officers and Complements of the RMS Titanic. Reading from left to right:—Captain E. J. Smith. Dr. W. F. OLoughlin. First Officer W. M. Murdoch and Purser H. W. McElroy. GGA Image ID # 1055351a2b

The Titanic's officers were no novices and were well trained in the knowledge of this and all other dangers of the sea. From the Captain down, they were the pick of the best that the White Star Line had in its employ. Our Captain, Edward J. Smith, was the one always selected to "try out" each new ship of the Line and was regarded, with his thirty-eight years of service in the company, as both safe and competent.

Officers of the Titanic

  • 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.

Surviving Officers with their Signature: H. G. Lowe, H. J. Pitman, C. H. Lightoller, and J. G. Boxhall, nd, circa 1913.

Surviving Officers With Their Signature: H. G. Lowe, H. J. Pitman, C. H. Lightoller, and J. G. Boxhall, nd, circa 1913. GGA Image ID # 170cacce4c

Captain Edward John Smith Who Went Down with His Ship

Listing of the Deck Officers of the RMS Titanic

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.

The Late E. J. (Edward James ) Smith, RNR, Captain of the RMS Titanic and Commodore of the White Star Line

The Career of Captain E. J. Smith of the Titanic

NEW YORK. April 17.- Captain E. J. Smith, Into whose hands the passengers on the Titanic entrusted themselves on the voyage which will never be forgotten In the list of great sea disasters, had followed the sea from his boyhood.

RMS Titanic Chief Officer Henry Tingle Wilde. An Early Photograph circa 1900.

RMS Titanic Chief Officer, Henry F. Wilde

Henry Tingle Wilde was not considered a man given to flights of fancy. A tall, powerfully built man, just thirty-eight, he too had worked his ranks from a ship's apprentice in the old square-rigged ships, through the ranks until his appointment as chief officer of the Olympic in May 1911. The White Star Line's management held him in high regard, and Captain Smith valued his skill and experience.

First Officer William M. Murdoch of the RMS Titanic. nd circa 1910.

RMS Titanic First Officer William McMaster Murdoch

Thirty-nine year-old William McMaster Murdoch, with an "ordinary master's certificate" and a reputation as a "canny and dependable man", had climbed through the ranks of the White Star Line to become one of its foremost senior officers.

Charles H. Lightoller, DSC & Bar, R.D., R.N.R., Second Officer and Highest Ranking Officer to Survive the Sinking of the RMS Titanic.

RMS Titanic Second Officer, Charles H. Lightoller

One of the most wonderful escapes from the Titanic was that of the second officer, Mr. Charles Lightoller, whose evidence before the Senatorial Committee in New York was of great importance. On the night of the disaster he was in charge of the ship until 10 p.m., when he was relieved by the first officer, Mr. Murdock.

Blown-up Section Showing Herbert John Pitman Taken From a Photo of the Four Surviving Senior Officers of the RMS Titanic Circa 1913.

RMS Titanic Third Officer, Herbert J. Pitman

The 34-year-old Third Officer Herbert J. Pitman. Pitman, though rather short in stature, was an imposing figure with his pronounced mustache. He was also an extremely capable officer with sixteen years of experience at sea.

RMS Titanic's Fourth Officer, Joseph Grove Boxhall in Dress Uniform. nd, circa 1910.

RMS Titanic Fourth Officer, Joseph G. Boxhall

Joseph G. Boxhall, although selected as the fourth officer on the Titanic, actually held the highest maritime certificate of extra Master since 1904.

Fifth Officer on the RMS Titanic, Harold Godfrey Lowe. nd, circa 1910.

RMS Titanic Fifth Officer, Harold G. Lowe

Harold Lowe ran away from home at age 14, going on schooners and eventually working on square-rigged sailing ships. From there, he went to steamships while earning his certificates. For five years, Mr. Lowe had worked the West African coast routes before joining White Star Line about 15 months before the Titanic disaster. While with the White Star Line, he was the third officer on the SS Tropic, third on the Belgic, before becoming the fifth officer on the Titanic.

James Paul Moody, Sixth Officer on the RMS Titanic circa 1910. Mr. Moody Did Not Survive the Tragedy.

RMS Titanic Sixth Officer, James P. Moody

The foregoing evidence establishes quite clearly that Capt. Smith, the master; Mr. Murdoch, the first officer; Mr. Lightoller, the second officer; and Mr. Moody, the sixth officer, all knew on the Sunday evening that the vessel was entering a region where ice might be expected.

 

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