Was Smith in Baltimore in July 1912?


Arun Vajpey

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Yes he was shuttered away and I have read he was given sedatives. I wonder what that was in 1912
Although it is true that for a long time only alcohol and opium were used for sedation of patients, by 1912 there were other options. Phenobarbital had just become a prescription medication but it was still rare and I doubt if the Physician on board the Carpathia had access to any. My own guess would be that they used a small dose of Chloral Hydrate, the so called "knock out drops" that has some pharmacological similarities with alcohol.

Chloral Hydrate was still being used well into the 20th Century. If you have seen the 1962 James Bond film From Russia With Love, SPECTRE agent Robert Shaw admits to using it to put Bond's girlfriend to sleep.
 
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Although it is true that for a long time only alcohol and opium were used for sedation of patients, by 1912 there were other options. Phenobarbital had just become a prescription medication but it was still rare and I doubt if the Physician on board the Carpathia had access to any. My own guess would be that they used a small dose of Chloral Hydrate, the so called "knock out drops" that has some pharmacological similarities with alcohol.

Chloral Hydrate was still being used well into the 20th Century. If you have seen the 1962 James Bond film From Russia With Love, SPECTRE agent Robert Shaw admits to using it to put Bond's girlfriend to sleep.
Ok thanks for the info. Never knew much about drugs as I don't take them. I had to go look that up. Sounds like that might have been what was given to Ismay as it was popular during that time. Although in various sources they say he was given "opiates" because he was despondent. As for From Russia with Love...that's still my favorite 007 movie. The uncut version that is.
 
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It seems very odd that Smith would end up in Maryland of all places. What about his daughter and wife? If I survived a disaster , and had a family, I would get back to them ASAP , not cavort around in some foreign country.
 
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It seems very odd that Smith would end up in Maryland of all places. What about his daughter and wife? If I survived a disaster , and had a family, I would get back to them ASAP , not cavort around in some foreign country.
True, but it is quite clear that the man who Captain Pryal saw was NOT Captain Smith but some other middle aged bearded man with a passing resemblance. Captain Smith most certainly did not survive the disaster, let alone turn-up in Baltimore.

Apart from the fact that no one on any lifeboat or on the Carpathia claimed that some mystery man was picked-up directly from the sea. The Carpathia was the first lifeboat on the scene and by then anyone who had not already been hauled into a lifeboat would have been dead. All those tales of "swimming for hours" are total fiction, either made-up by men suffering from survivor's guilt or embellishment by reporters.
 
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