Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Titanic: Was Captain Smith tired & emotional?

Titanic. Port bow 3/4 profile afloat immediately after launch. Photograph © National Museums Northern Ireland. Collection Harland & Wolff, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

According to a previously unseen letter by disaster survivor, Emily Richards, allegedly written on rescue ship the Carpathia two days after the sinking, on the night of the collision Titanic captain Edward Smith was down "in the saloon bar drinking and gave charge to someone else to stare (steer) the ship.

It was the captains fault". The unchecked spelling adds to the emotional impact of the story but it remains uncorroborated and the Belfast Titanic Society have cast doubt on the allegation. As spokesperson Una Reilly commented:"'I have bever heard this accusation made before".

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