Titanic: Captain's Code of Honor

One hundred and one years ago, the RMS Titanic sank in the icy North Atlantic but did the ships Captain Edward John Smith go down with his vessel? Check out our post to find out!
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One hundred and one years ago, the RMS Titanic sank in the icy North Atlantic but did the ships Captain Edward John Smith go down with his vessel? Check out our post to find out!

A newspaper depicting the final moments of Captain Edward J. Smith's life. May 4, 1912. (Getty)

A newspaper depicting the final moments of Captain Edward J. Smith's life. May 4, 1912. (Getty)

One hundred and one years ago, the RMS Titanic set out on one fateful voyage where it would meet its end in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. The vessel was not fully equipped to handle the exodus of people trying to escape the sinking ship, and many were forced to pile onto life boats or take their chances in the water. But for one man there was only one choice.

Captain Edward John Smith, last seen heading to the bridge of the Titanic as it sank, went down with the ship on April 15, 1912. Holding fast to marine tradition, Smith did whatever he could to help passengers escape, not once taking a seat on a life boat for himself. Some people believe he went to the bridge to shoot himself, while others placehim in the water, saving an infant baby before drowning in the ocean. But most believe he remained at the bridge to hold his post as captain and bring his ship to the bottom of the Atlantic.