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How long had Captain Edward John Smith been a Captain when he became Captain of the Titanic?

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Captain Edward John Smith gained his first command in 1887.  He later served with distinction commanding troopships during the Boer War.  By 1912 he has been a Captain for 25 years.

Captain Smith 1890s

Captain Smith in the 1890s
(Photo courtesy of John P. Eaton)

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