Is there any documented evidence that Captain Smith was asleep at the time of the collision? Over the years, virtually every book I have read on the disaster has treated this assumption as a fact. I have always had a hard time accepting this, because Boxhall testified that at the time of the collision he was heading toward the bridge, and was just abreast of the Captain's quarters on the starboard side. The impact was so slight, he didn't even pause in his approach to the bridge, yet when he arrived on the bridge, Smith was already there, questioning the First Officer as to what happened, and whether he had sounded the warning bells and closed the watertight doors. Boxhall also stated he saw Murdoch close the watertight doors. This, as well as my own three years of standing bridge watch at sea has led me to doubt the assumption that Smith was asleep in his bunk. My own experiences have taught me that the Captain was probably using the free time he had to catch up on paperwork-such as filling out requisition orders and the like-that needed to be completed before they arrived in New York. This would have been especially true if Titanic was going to berth a day earlier than originally planned. It may very well have been hearing the warning of the three bells, and not being jolted out of his bunk by the actual collision, that set him racing to the bridge, getting him there before the Fourth Officer. This of course is also speculation, but every bit as plausable as the assumption that he was asleep. This is why I ask if there is any documented evidence that he was asleep?