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Joseph Bruce Ismay, Managing Director of White Star Line

Mr. Joseph Bruce Ismay, Managing Director, White Star Line

Mr. Joseph Bruce Ismay, Managing Director, White Star Line. Drawn by A. C. Michael. The Illustrated London News (11 May 1912) p. 701. GGA Image ID # 101d335631

Chief Witness at the Senatorial Inquiry: The White Star Chairman.

Saved from the " Titanic," on Which He Was a Passenger: Mr. Joseph Bruce Ismay, Managing Director of the White Star Line and President of the International Mercantile Marine Company.

The fact that Mr. Bruce Ismay, Chairman and Managing Director of the White Star Line was one of the passengers saved from the "Titanic," has given the American newspapers, in particular, much "copy" and there seems no doubt whatever that many of them have let their desire for sensation overwhelm both their discretion and their accuracy.

Of his escape, Mr. Ismay is reported to have aid, in reply to a question as to whether there were any women and children on deck when he got into a life-boat: "What kind of man do you think I am?  

Certainly, there were no woman and children around. I thought they had all been saved. I think that it was the last boat that was lowered that I went into. . . My conscience is clear."

Mr. William E. Carter has substantiated Mr. lsmay’s statements, saying: " Mr. Ismay and myself and several officers walked up and down the deck, crying “Are there any more women?”  

We called for several minutes. and there was no answer. . . . Mr. Ismay called again, and getting no reply, we embarked. . . . I can only say that Mr. Ismay entered the boat only after he saw that there were no more women on deck.”
Mr. Ismay, who was educated at Elstree and Harrow, was born at Liverpool on December 12, 1862.

"Chief Witness at the Senatorial Inquiry: The White Star Chairman," in THe Illustrated London News, New York: The International News Company, Vol. 50, No. 1305, Saturday, 11 May 1912, p. 701.

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