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Titanic Captain: The Life of Edward John Smith
by Gary Cooper
Commander Edward John Smith's career had been a remarkable example of how a man from a humble background could get far in the world. Born to a working-class family in the landlocked Staffordshire Potteries, he went to sea at the age of 17 and rose rapidly through the ranks of the merchant navy, serving first in sailing vessesls and later in the new steamships of the White ...more
ebook, 504 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by History Press (SC)
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Nov 13, 2013 Titanic Buff rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Edward John Smith's inauspicious beginnings little hinted at what lay ahead for him. The boy grew up in the Staffordshire Potteries, where his father, Edward Smith, was a potter. In his early teens the younger Edward, or Ted as he was known, left school to begin work. In a few years time he would ship out on his first ocean voyage, serving under his elder half-brother. And the rest is, as they say, history. Well-liked the ship's officer made the transition from tall ships to steamers, entering i ...more