How much was Smith paid

Allan Wolf

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Hello, Dustin.

In E.J.: THE STORY OF EDWARD JOHN SMITH, CAPTAIN OF THE TITANIC, Gary Cooper gives the £ 1250/year + £ 200 Bonus "if he returned his ships in good order." (p. 250). I haven't seen the primary sources myself, but I'd trust the sources that give the 1250 plus 200 figure.

The Eaton/Haas figures must be referring to the 1912 exchange rate, which was pretty near $5 to £ 1, and I'd assume the 41000 figure is a typo (ignore the 4 and you get the 1912 American equivalent of £ 200).
 

Dave Gittins

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I'd back Mark Chirnside's figures, though I'm hanged if I can find a primary source. I simply trust Mark's research.

While looking for the primary source, I noticed that Harold Sanderson said that all White Star officers received bonuses if their ships operated safely. He didn't mention any amounts.
 
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Anna Mcpherson

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Hallo Dustin: Keep in mind that in Smiths era,Smith was the highest paid sea captain at the time of the Titanic's voyage. Smiths wages would top all of those you stated in you're o/p,also Smith with out any collisions for that year would receive $1000 bonus.
Good luck with you're research.
 

Mark Baber

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Smith was the highest paid sea captain at the time of the Titanic's voyage

What's your source for this statement?

Smiths wages would top all of those you stated in you're o/p

What do you mean by "o/p"? Please don't use private abbreviations in your messages; as you've been told before, that makes what you write difficult to understand.

also Smith with out any collisions for that year would receive $1000 bonus.

Again, what's your source for this? As you can see above, there are quite a few different descriptions of Smith's compensation given by different researchers; if you have evidence to prove that your (not "you're") figures are the correct ones. please share it so the uncertainty can be eliminated.

Good luck with you're research.

See above re: "you're."
 
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Anna Mcpherson

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Every one knows Smith was the highest paid captain at the time of the Titanic voyage,he was even called the 'million airs captain'.
Sorry O/P means Original Post.
My source was from Robert ballard he stated that Smith never had a collision in that year,Smith would receive a bonus also stated that Smith was the highest paid captain,also if you check those proper websites like Robert Ballards sites you get correct information.
 

Mark Baber

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Every one knows...

This is not an appropriate answer to a question like the one I asked.

the 'million airs captain'.

Million airs? Is that some sort of frequent flyer program?
 

Jim Kalafus

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>Million airs? Is that some sort of frequent flyer program?

Refer down to her curiosity about Titanic flatulence. I think delicate euphemism was being employed, Mr. Baber.
 
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I thought Smith was called "the millionaires' captain" because he was so social and charming that the rich and the elite would rather sail on his ships than on those captained by others. (I think I got that impression from Walter Lord's - "The Night Lives On" but I've been wrong before.)

Mark, Jim. A gentle rebuke not to tease Anna. I admit smiling at Jim's remark and yes, I think she should check her spelling with a dictionary, but not everyone writes fluently in English. 'You're' for 'your', 'with out' for 'without' and 'million airs' for 'millionaires' are understandable mistakes. [As was my mispelling of misspelling.] A gentle heads up about it from Mark the Moderator is all Anna needs, I'm sure. Anna is contributing what she knows, just as I contribute what I think I know. Please treat members courteously. Thank you.
 

Mark Baber

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A gentle rebuke not to tease Anna.

Hi, Marilyn---

"Anna" was a fake name created by a former member to reregister without the admin team's approval.

A gentle heads up about it from Mark the Moderator is all Anna needs, I'm sure.

History---of which there is much in this instance---is to the contrary.