Gary Truscott wrote:
>My thoughts on Capt. Smith are as follows. I accept Harold Brides
>testimony that he saw Capt. Smith jump into the water from the >bridge.
>In Col. Archibald Gracie's excellent book " The Truth about the >Titanic"
>he describes in detail his experience on the overturned Collapsible >B. .....
>Here it refers to a swimmer, a powerful man with a deep voice who
>asked for assistance from those on Collapsible B. He was refused >on the
>grounds that " one more would sink us all." Before this brave man >swam
>away he wished those aboard boat B good luck and gave them his
>blessings. When I first read this I wondered whether this could have
>been Capt. Smith. Don't ask me why, I just had a hunch.
>Walter Hurst apparently held out an oar to help this " strong and
>authoritive" man in the water but it was to late. The witness , Walter
>Hurst was sure it was Capt. Smith.
I think you've made an excellent circumstantial case that Smith might have been the swimmer in question. We'll never know for *certain*, of course, but I think your theory deserves to be placed right alongside the other theories about Captain Smith's end and that it should be given serious consideration by interested researchers.
Whoever that swimmer was, though, he was a man worth knowing.
>George Behe would have forgotten more about the Titanic than I will >ever
That isn't the case, old chap, but thanks for your kind words. (Rest assured, though, that I'm forgetting more and more information about the Titanic all the time.)
Take care, Gary. I hope that you and everyone here will have a wondeful holiday season.
All my best,