Pryall was therefor startled when, at the corner of Baltimore and St Paul street, he saw a man whom he was certain was Capt Smith. He walked up to the man and said, 'Captain Smith, how are you'? The man replied, 'Very well Pryall, but please don't detain me, I am on business'. Pryall followed him to the railway station and saw him buy a ticket to Washington, then as he walked through the barrier gate, he turned to Captain Pryall and said, be good shipmate, until we meet again'.
I think another factor to think about is, Olympic was making big cash for White Star, how would they feel if Capt. Smith abandoned her to take a trip here randomlyThat story has already appeared on ET before. It was dismissed less than a month after Pryal's claim in 1912.
DOUBT STORY OF CAPTAIN PRYAL
It has also been discussed in several newspaper archive sites....and usually dismissed either as a hoax or one of mistaken identity.
One possibility is that the man who Captain Pryal met was a dead ringer for Captain Smith. As has been shown in some "Is this Captain Smith?" type photos, stocky middle aged men with white hair and beards can sometimes be mistaken for one another from a distance or when seen from certain angles. The real Captain Smith would have been very much in the news in July 1912 and this other man had probably been told by his friends and acquaintances how much he resembled the diseased Captain. The then elderly Captain Pryal probably made the same mistake and the other man, now used to it, must have decided to play along. Not very nice of him of course.
That above information is probably from a newspaper clip of Pryal's statement and cleverly edited to make it sound more mysterious. In all probability, Captain Pryal would have introduced himself before asking the other man how he was but the reporter likely omitted that part to make it appear as though "Captain Smith" had recognized Pryal and thereby add a touch of "authenticity" to the story. The fact that the other man did not want to be detained shows that he did not want to let the cat out of the bag.
LOL, occasional senior moment at 65, just wait until you get in your 70's, they seem to get more occasional as time goes on.Sorry, my bad but at 65 one does get the occasional "Senior Moment" . I meant 'deceased' of course.
Could it have been Bruce Ismay? I recall reading somewhere that he was given a cabin for his sole occupancy on board the Carpathia and others were not allowed in or something like that.Anyway, thanks for the information, now it is making me wonder just who was the mystery man that was picked up and rushed quickly away from prying eyes by the Carpathia?
Plausible, the poor guy was through a disaster and was already being hated on the Carpathia IIRC. I can only imagine the press before Hearst slaughtered his careerCould it have been Bruce Ismay? I recall reading somewhere that he was given a cabin for his sole occupancy on board the Carpathia and others were not allowed in or something like that.
Well, poor old Ismay was my first thought when I read the comment, (I wish now that I had made a note of the thread I read it on).Bruce Ismay became unfairly infamous only after the Titanic disaster. Before then, I doubt if people other than Officers, a few senior crew and select First Class passengers could have recognized him face to face. He would not have been familiar to most Second and Third Class passengers, not 'ordinary' crew working below decks. If one or more of that group saw Ismay being whisked away on board the Carpathia, they would not have known who it was. When they reported it, some journalists probably guessed it was Ismay but a "Mystery Man" would be more saleworthy, at least for a day or two.
Again, could this business about "picked alone from the sea" have been a bit of journalistic embellishment? AFAIK, the Carpathia picked up only lifeboat occupants.However, the comment said that this mystery man had been picked up alone from the sea and quickly hidden away from prying eyes. So if that is correct, then it couldn't have been Mr Ismay, because he was picked up along with other folk in a lifeboat, so it's a bit of a puzzler.
Yes he was shuttered away and I have read he was given sedatives. I wonder what that was in 1912. Laudanum?Could it have been Bruce Ismay? I recall reading somewhere that he was given a cabin for his sole occupancy on board the Carpathia and others were not allowed in or something like that.