Sixth Officer James Moody

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Devan Robertson

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Hello, I am wondering on the amount of information dedicated to the titanic's sixth officer. I am a knowledgable expert on Titanic and my favourite thing about it is sixth officer moody, i have gained a immense knowledge on him and the titanic and i don't think that nearly enough time is devoted to the officer that gave his life in the hopes of saving another..if anyone has any info on the whereabouts of informatio or anyone likes sixth officer moody as much as I do then feel free to contact me.....


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Devan Robertson

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and another thing..all these "eye witness "acounts ofwhat happend to Moody seem to be usless, Lightoller said he saw him near the end but I dontthink it would be like Moody to run away at the last minute..He was the only junior among smith,wilde,murdoch and lightoller nearthe bridge,, he must of had a more important role...i dont think his body was recovered anyways but i think there may be a little mystery here

Devan
 
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Devan Robertson

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Cook, Thanks for that page, It was one of the best sources I could find it gave me alot of information
 
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Pat Cook

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Glad to be of help. Usually, Inger (one of the researchers on that page) is here herself; she should show up shortly. She is a VERY thorough and passionate researcher.

Best regards,
Cook
 
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Devan Robertson

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wow, really,if you talk to her while i aint here tell herto look for me would you? thankx alot\

Devan
 
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Pat Cook

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Will do. As I say, I'm surprised she hasn't posted by now.

Best regards,
Cook
 
Inger Sheil

Inger Sheil

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Hallo, Cook and Devan -

I haven't posted before because I've been taking a break up in Scarbro' - stomping ground of you-know-who :)

I agree, Devan - James Moody is one of the more interesting figures of that night, and his role is undervalued.

Lightoller did not say that he saw Moody near the end - indeed, at the British Inquiry he stated that he had not seen Moody during the entire evacuation. The last reliable sighting I have been able to find is that of Samual Hemming, who had a brief exchange with Moody at A.

The site Cook kindly referred you to has not been updated as late, and I do not anticipate adding any unpublished material to it - the plagiarists have finally beaten me.

Please feel free to contact me privately, as I'm always willing to discuss the Titanic's Sixth Officer.

Regards,

Inger Sheil
 
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Devan Robertson

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Inger...

Hey, I can see that we are indisputably agreed on the fact that James Moody's role in the titanic's evacuationis was tremendously vital to the outcome of survivors..I have spent countless hours when I was a little younger researching the titanic and peticularly James Moody...Whjen people I know ask me what my favourite thing about Titanic is I immediatly reply..Sixth officer james Moody. I dont know if James Moody is your favourite titanic figure but he is certainly mine, As for the information thank you, it will help me to find the final truth to what happend to him, its a little sweet cause I have a picture of Samuel hemmings grave ste in halifax, its really sweet! for now...

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Inger Sheil

Inger Sheil

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Hallo, Devan -

I don't know if I've ever ranked those associated with the Titanic disaster to the point where I'd say I had a 'favourite', but I certainly do have a softspot for James Moody. In learning about him it would be difficult not to become fond of the young man - he was bright, good humoured, had a very engaging sense of humour and was popular with his contemporaries. This is aside from his actions during the sinking. I don't use the term 'hero' much any more - it has become devalued in an age when even a sportsman can earn that accolade simply for playing well - but I have a tremendous admiration for the simple dignity and devotion to duty he exhibited during the evacuation, even to the point of refusing an offer, and even an order, to leave the ship in a lifeboat.

What interests me more than his role in the Titanic disaster, however, is his life prior to boarding the ship. His early days in sail and his career in steam are fascinating. He will always be popular - and somewhat romanticised. After all, the figure of the drowned youth is a recurring motiff in legend, poetry and literature - Leander through to Shelly. He was the stuff of which legends are made - he had youth, beauty (pre-Raphaelite good looks that would not look out of place in one of the Rossetti or Burne-Jones designs for the church of St Martins on the Hill in Scarbro', where his memorial plaque is placed...the photos in Titanic literature don't do him justice), and he came to a tragic early death. A life full of unexplored potential...the stuff of which romantic myths are made.

The reality of James Moody is, IMHO, far more engaging then the stylised figure of myth. Much more earthy, more warm, more human.

I wish you the best with your research into James Moody - he's not only a rewarding study, he is a wonderful personality to become acquainted with.

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Devan Robertson

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Inger...

I can see that your emotional dedication can be expressed rather better than me, I agree thatI have immense sentimental feelings towards him for what he did that night butit comes out rather difficultly. I agree 100%that his actions and life are shadowed by the giant figures on the titanic butI wish someday that the real truth about the real heros come out..Moody felt that he was more valuable on the sinking liner rather than commanding a pitiful amountof seamen and women across the north atlantic, he acted with complet professionalism and displayed a sense of emotional strongness to the officers and passangers. He was one of the officers that filled the lifeboats to almost their complete capasity because he felt that at that that dark hour the usefuk yet pitiful resources had to be utilized to thier full potential. It is a little strange but I have some similarities with James Moody, we both display a humouristic character presumably everywhere, we both are interest and dedicated to the field of nauticle studies for a professional career and we both have some psyhical resemblences (which is strange seeing that we were in different centuries). As ofr furthur research I have none left to do, I have aced and mastered ALL knowledge conserning him and completly most if the titanic. If you wush to attempt to bring some new information on me it would be welcomed. I am currently employd partialy at bc ferries as a junior deck officer..which i value and act on by James Moody's past. I consider him my most cherished mentore for the restof my life, I say that with complete honesty and proudness. If you wish to continue our discussion I would be more than accepting

Yours

Devan Robertson

p.s -when I meant "favourite" I was simply saying taht I belived his actions and bravery was most displayed among the whole crew. I didnt wanna sound childish when I said favourite
 
Inger Sheil

Inger Sheil

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Hallo, Devan -

I don't think you sounded 'childish' when you said he was a favourite of yours - I took the meaning of what you were expressing, and my comments weren't particularly directed at you :)I always run the risk, when expressing a strong admiration for any of the figures involved (particularly male figures) of being accused of an infatuation with them. Don't laugh - it has happened before.

I'm fairly conversant with most of the public domain resources regarding Moody's role in the Titanic disaster, and also a few private sources that address the same period of his life. There are still a few more leads to track down in this area, and Kerri and I will be using some of the previously unpublished material in our work on Lowe.

You do have more practical, hands on knowledge of seamanship than I do, which would stand you in good stead in understanding many aspects of the disaster. The reasons why Moody wound up at sea, and his attitude to his career, are quite complex.

I agree that he acted with a consumate professionalism that can only engender a deep respect. He certainly could have left, and no one would have questioned the departure of the youngest, most junior officer on board leaving in response to a command - Marcus' words in "The Maiden Voyage" on this point are particularly powerful.

I don't think we'll ever know exactly why he remained on board. Possibly he did intend to get in another boat, and a senior officer (perhaps Wilde, who seems to have been overseeing the distribution of manpower, or Murdoch with whom he worked at the aft starboard boats) set him to work elsewhere. Possibly his seniors intended to send him away in "A", and time - and the sea - overwhelmed them. Possibly, too, he simply remained because he felt it was the right thing to do.

While we can't answer these questions definitively, we can look at the final result...and it is on this that Moody's actions must be assessed, as we have no way of really judging his motivations. He remained on duty to the end, and the last time we 'see' him, he was still fighting to save lives. That's a powerful final legacy.

From the cold perspective of the researcher, we lost a unique viewpoint when Moody - in the words of a superb play on the Titanic disaster - 'chose to remain behind'. He had been aboard the ship from Belfast, he was on watch during the collision, he was many places on the boatdeck (and elsewhere) during the sinking, and was active throughout the evacuation. He also had very sharp observational skills and a very lucid style of communication.

As a person I like him very much for his charm of character. As a man, I admire and respect him.

Best wishes,

Inger
 
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Decvan Robertson

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Inger...

yes It is true that I have more hands on knowledge but I feel that my skills on the knowledge of titanic is just a strong..I will write a longerand more heartfelt letter later...

Best Wishes, talk to you later

Devan
 
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Devan Robertson

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Inger....

I have researched Moody's past considerably and ahve probaly found most of the info that here is, I ownt go into the whole list but if you know anyother ppl who are fasinated expertson jamesmoody as much as I am feel free to have them contact me

yours

Devan
 
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