Captains William and Henry Smith


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Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 10 August 1917
Original article digitized by the University of Hawaii at Manoa
Retrieved from the Library of Congress' Chronicling America web site


D. S. O. CONFERRED ON WELL-KNOWN SEAMAN
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SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., August 1---Captain Inman Sealby yesterday received
information from England telling of the signal honor conferred on Commander
Henry Smith, well known here and a "California boy," as he calls himself, in
being appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, in
recognition of his services with the auxiliary patrol, between February 1
and December 31, 1916. Captain Sealby, Captain John H. Rinder, now a marine
surveyor here, and Commander Smith were "pals" when each had a command in
the White Star line.

Commander Smith is a son of the late Maj. Alexander Smith of Armagh, who was
for many years in the 97th regiment. The commander himself was for 32 years
with the White Star for 25 years of which he held commands, his last ship
being the Oceanic. He has held a commission in the Royal Naval Reserve for a
quarter of a century, and when war broke out was immediately called up.

After duty at Davenport, Commander Smith was given command of a patrol boat
in northern Irish waters, where he has served for more than two years,
during which time he has done some very valuable work.

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I don't think I've ever seen any references to him which postdate Oceanic's being wrecked
In the years since I wrote this, I've come across a bit more information. The listing of his assignments in his White Star officer record shows "Navy 11-8-16 [to] 6-4-19" and "Ypiranga 6-4-19 [to] 30-7-20" and the notation "Sent by Ministry of Shipping to take command of late German S.S. "Ypiranga" Apl. 6th, 1919." He retired 30 July 1920.

My White Star History includes a few Items concerning his command of Ypiranga; I'll post them later and provide a link to that thread.

A final note and question: His officer record gives his first name as Harry. Does anyone have any information as to whether it was officially Harry or Henry?
 

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