It's ok! That's how you grow your knowledge, by asking questions. Trust me, I ask a lot of themMy ignorance is trumped by this group's combined knowledge and I thank you.
The pencilled 'Titanic 1912' on the rear of this mounted original photo is perhaps someone's guess.
I shall await my state pension instead of flogging this dead horse.
I really am grateful for your time and knowledge folks.
Thanks again Cam, Seamus and Jim.Those ain't officers of the Titanic.
They are lieutenants and sub-lieutenants of the Royal Navy Reserve.
Note the braided rings and the good conduct chevrons above the rank insignia. They look like officers of an armed merchant cruiser or a sloop which often had reservist crews.
I saw the dog which was vlearly unable to keep its head still.. hahaQuite a number of the Royal Navy's seaplane carriers (precursors to aircraft carriers proper) during WW1 were converted ferries. Some of which would have had radial davits as mentioned earlier by Jim.
The chap seated on the right with the handkerchief in his pocket has a colour between his rings, he must be either an engineer (purple) or a surgeon (red).
Btw if you look under the chair of the bearded man you will see a dog !