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
interrupted trip, Capt. Rostron paid a high tribute to the courage
of the ill fated Titanic's commander, Capt. E. J. Smith.
"I wish you would deny in as strong language as permissable this
report send out by some press concern that Capt. Smith killed
he realised that the Titanic was doomed," said Capt. Rostron. "I
from the lips of members of his crew who tried to save his life that
not commit suicide.
"He stuck to the ship until he was washed from the bridge. Then some
men caught him in the swirling waters and landed him safely on the
a lifeboat, but he tumbled back into the ocean and went down. He had
too weakened by hard knocks while being tossed about the sinking
to hold onto anything. The buffeting he encountered on the wrecked
had dazed him and left him in no condition to exert even his
"Smith was one of the coolest, bravest and most careful commanders I
ever known. His seamanship was of the highest order. Too high a
be paid to him by anybody who knew him."