I have heard about 7 different deaths of the Captain: A) He goes down with the ship B) He committs suicide C) He is crushed by the funnel D) He delivers an infant, than returns to the ship E) He lets go, saying "I will follow the ship!" F) He remains in the water and dies after the sinking G) He doens't die and somehow gets to America How do you think Captain Smith died? I think he dived off the bridge and probably died in the water later that morning. The infant story is pretty unlikely. BTW wasn't Captain Charlie Bartlett the captain who brought Titanic from Belfast to Southampton? That would make him Titanic's first Captain. And unless I'm mistaken he commanded the Britannic when that ship went down.