News from 1920-22: Hayes is appointed White Star's Commodore


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The New York Times, 5 July 1920

HAYES TO BE COMMODORE
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Olympic's Captain First to Receive White Star Title Since 1882

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In recognition of his valuable services rendered during the war, including sinking two enemy submarines and transporting 310,000 troops safely across the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the White Star Line will confer the title of Commodore upon Captain Bertram Fox Hayes, D.S.O., R.D., R.N.R., A.D.C., of the liner Olympic, which arrived at her pier from Southampton and Cherbourg Saturday.

The title of Commodore of the White Star fleet, which carries an allowance of $1,000 a year in addition to the pay, has been in abeyance since 1882, when it was held by Commodore Hamilton Perry, who commanded the Britannic when she was in collision with the Celtic of the same company and afterward resigned.

His successor, Sir Bertram Fox Hayes, who prefers to be addressed as Captain Hayes, is a Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve, has the Distinguished Service Order for sinking the two submarines on May 12, 1918, off Portsmouth, England, and is A.D.C. to the King.

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The Times, 30 December 1921

COMMODORE OF WHITE STAR LINE
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SIR BERTRAM HAYES'S PENNANT

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The White Star Line have decided to create the appointment of a
commodore to their fleet, and the first commander to hoist the flag, a
red pennant with a white star upon it, will be Sir Bertram Hayes,
D.S.O., R.D., R. N. R.. who was recently promoted to similar rank in the
Royal Naval Reserve. The commodore's colours will be flown over the
line's house flag.

Sir Bertram Hayes has been appointed to the Majestic, of 56,000 tons,
the largest steamer in the world, which is to leave Southampton on May
10 on her maiden trip in the Southampton-Cherbourg-New York service,
when he will hoist his pennant for the first time. He is at present in
command of the Olympic, whose long war service, also under his command, included the sinking of at least one German submarine

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