A short version of my opinion of that man would be that if he fell into a cesspit, he would come out covered in diamonds and smelling of roses.Jim, may I request you to comment on Captain Rostron of the Carpathia in this post? A lot of people consider him a hero that night but I know that you and some others don't. I have not done any research into that subject and so remain neutral in my opinion.
Here was a man who until the Titanic disaster, was heading for obscurity...a man who early promotion had passed by.
Here was a man who, despite knowing Titanic had hit an iceberg and needed help, drove his ship full of crew and passengers at full speed on a dark, moonless night toward the ship in distress. Not only that, but while doing so, broke the regulations and was letting of distress rockets and Company signals while keeping virtual wireless silence.
Here was a man who, had it not been for the quick thinking of Titanic's 4th Officer, Joseph Boxhall, would have piled his ship up against a solid barrier of floating ice.
If the word SALVAGE did not enter that man's mind, then he was even more stupid than his actions suggest.
Despite the foregoing, who in their right mind would attempt to cast a shadow over the credentials of a man who was feted by Governments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean? A man who, for acting as every decent seaman should have acted, was the proud recipient of:
1. A silver cup and gold medal from the Titanic Survivors,
2. The American Cross of Honor,
3. A US Congressional Gold Medal,
4. A signed letter of thanks from the President of the United States,
5. A gold medal from The Shipwreck Society of New York and
6. A medal from The Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society?
The foregoing list was by no means the end of the honours bestowed on the man.
Captain Rostron was also granted:
The freedom of The City of New York. The Order of the British Empire (OBE). A Knighthood and The French Legion of Honour. Heavens! He was even made Aid-de-camp to his majesty King George 5th.