From the Cleveland Plain Dealer,April 20, 1912:
of Inger Sheil)
CAPTAIN WASHED AWAY
Titanic's Commander Didn't Commit Suicide
By Plain Dealer's Leased Wire
New York, April 19 - Just before going aboard the Carpathia to resume his
interrupted trip, Capt. Rostron paid a high tribute to the courage and seamanship
of the ill fated Titanic's commander, Capt. E. J. Smith.
"I wish you would deny in as strong language as permissable this persistent
report send out by some press concern that Capt. Smith killed himself when
he realised that the Titanic was doomed," said Capt. Rostron. "I have it
from the lips of members of his crew who tried to save his life that he did
not commit suicide.
"He stuck to the ship until he was washed from the bridge. Then some of his
men caught him in the swirling waters and landed him safely on the edge of
a lifeboat, but he tumbled back into the ocean and went down. He had been
too weakened by hard knocks while being tossed about the sinking Titanic
to hold onto anything. The buffeting he encountered on the wrecked ship undoubtedly
had dazed him and left him in no condition to exert even his remaining strength.
"Smith was one of the coolest, bravest and most careful commanders I have
ever known. His seamanship was of the highest order. Too high a tribute cannot
be paid to him by anybody who knew him."