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Was the captain of the Titanic drunk on the night the ship struck an iceberg? Letter written by survivor emerges claiming Edward Smith was seen in sal

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The captain of the Titanic was drunk when the liner hit an iceberg and sank, a newly unearthed document alleges.


Captain Edward Smith was apparently seen drinking in the saloon bar of the doomed ship in the run-up to the catastrophic collision.

History books record that the white-whiskered skipper was woken in his cabin when the ship struck the iceberg and bravely decided to go down with his ship.

But a previously unseen account by survivor Emily Richards blames Captain Smith for the tragedy and says he was drinking hours before the collision.

The second class passenger made the allegation in a letter she wrote home from on board the Carpathia, which picked up survivors from the Titanic, two days after the liner sank.

Mrs Richards, 24, and her two sons were r


Added: Mar-8-2012 Occurred On: Mar-8-2012
By: Zipper10
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Location: Penzance, England, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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  • I plan on writing a strongly worded letter to the White Star Line!

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    • @brokenrob

      Three of the richest people in the world opposed the Federal Reserve in the United States because they knew the repercussions of a private institution dictating the monetary trends within the country. These people were Benjamin Guggenheim, Isa Strauss, and Jacob Astor; all of which were aboard the Titanic when it sank.
      In December of 1913, the Federal Reserve System came into being in the United States. Eight months later, the Jesuits had sufficient funding through the Federal Reserv More..

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    • @picklethepug Until about 1972 the Royal Navy sailed drunk. The tot (about a third of a pint of strong rum.) was issued at 11am to every rating. It was normal at the time.

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    • @shashi2005 "The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash."

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  • At least he stayed with the ship, and did not "accidentally" fall into a lifeboat......

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  • An old sailor that drinks?
    Get the fuck outta here....

    :/

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  • Captain Smith may have been drunk, then retired to his cabin. One thing the claim leaves out is that the Captain was NOT ON DUTY at the time, the First Officer was. He had finished his "shift" and was done for the day. When he was woken in his cabin, it was because the situation had become an emergency.

    Doing a little research before believing this story can clear it up. While the claim's "facts" may be true, the omission of other facts changes the accusation a bit.

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  • who gives a flying fuck if he was drunk on the night it went down, at least he had the balls to go down with it unlike the italian pussy who abandoned a much larger ship and way more passengers to save his own ass

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  • We will never really know I dont think. He does however look like a ol drunken sea dog, but back then, who didnt? LoL

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  • It was common for the Captain to have dinner at the "captains table" with a selection of the higher class pasangers. Nothing wierd with that he probebly gave over command of the bridge to the quarter master.

    And unlike that cowardly italian captain who was first to get into the lifeboats, Captain Edward Smith is probebly still on his ship.

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  • think you meant 1912 not 2012...LOL

    Definitely, interesting... thanks for the post

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  • Thanks. Now I shall sleep much better.

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  • It wouldn't be a great shock, ship captains and even airline pilots are know for their drinking.

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  • I think its quite likely since they were all constantly pissed in those days.

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  • ..., still another theory says the sinking was deliberate in order to kill three powerful men, who opposed The Federal Reserve Act of 1913.

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  • I dont believe her, we know how women like to gossip, classic case here. Besides, a sober captain isnt going to stop an iceberg, it was just bad luck, let it go.

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  • Was the captain drunk?
    No, but his whiskey was, I'll wager.

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  • Seriously.. who cares here almost 100 years later??

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