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ID photo looks like Smith

Discussion in 'Captain Edward John Smith' started by ashtonpup, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. ashtonpup

    ashtonpup Member

    Hello, I have a photo it is one from a collection of old Hollywood photographs I have. It is stamped on the back press photo, San Francisco...CALIF. Looks like Captain Smith, but crew wearing spectacles?. Any ideas? Thank you much, Lori

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  2. Kyle Naber

    Kyle Naber Member

    They do look very similar, but I cannot say for sure if that really is him.
  3. ashtonpup

    ashtonpup Member

    Did they wear spectacles back then? I have only been able to find a few photos of him maybe I'm looking in wrong place?
  4. IanMcD

    IanMcD Member

    Did Captain Smith ever sail on the Pacific ocean or visit the west coast of the U.S.? I am doubtful.
  5. ashtonpup

    ashtonpup Member

    Yes he sailed to new york. This is commom knowledge. How long have you been a member of this site?
  6. New York is on the east coast of the US and the ocean between Europe and New York is not the Pacific ocean.

    Regarding the photo, he even did not look close to Captain Smith.
    The uniforms look like those of the United States Lines.
  7. Mark Baber

    Mark Baber Moderator Member

    Moderator's hat on:
    Please be civil.

    Moderator's hat off.

    No, but San Francisco is.

    Smith was not assigned to any of the White Star ships on the White Star/Occidental & Oriental Pacific service. I don't know if he visited the West Coast of the United States during his pre-White Star career.
  8. Matt Mackett

    Matt Mackett Member

    The insignia on their uniforms looks US Navy but I’m not entirely sure.
  9. Tracy Smith58

    Tracy Smith58 Member

    Glasses have existed for hundreds of years.
  10. Sam Brannigan

    Sam Brannigan Member

    Looks like an eagle on their sailor caps and they do seem vaguely Germanic...

    The mafia looking men at the back are wearing hats that suggest the 1920s.
  11. Sam Brannigan

    Sam Brannigan Member

    Crazy amount of ankle as well lol
  12. Yes, I was going to say this photo looks to be from well after Captain Smith had been gone. The clothes alone look like the 1920's. Looking closer at his face, Smith's nose was not that big ;)
  13. ashtonpup

    ashtonpup Member

    Hello! First, I want to thank you all for your feedback regarding the photo I posted here. Second, I finally figured out who this man is it took forever. It is Admiral Edward W. Eberle, USN - 1920's

  14. Mark Baber

    Mark Baber Moderator Member

    A correction: Smith was second officer on Coptic on the Pacific service, from 1882 to 1883. Source: Cooper's E.J.: The Story of Edward John Smith.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2018