The Captain and His Crew

Here you’ll find some information I have found on Titanic’s Captain and Officers. I will continue to research, but for right now, I hope this is enough to satisfy a few! lol! 😉 This information has been updated for a more understandable and informative research. I hope you will find it most helpful in your research or for your own interest!

The Captain and Deck Officers 4/15 1912!

Captain: Edward John Smith
Chief Officer: Henry Tingle Wilde
First Officer: William McMaster Murdoch
Second Officer: Charles Herbert Lightoller
Third Officer: Herbert John Pitman
Fourth Officer: Joseph Groves Boxhall
Fifth Officer: Harold Godfrey Lowe
Sixth Officer: James Paul MoodyThe Original Crew Captain: Edward John Smith
Chief Officer: William McMaster Murdoch
First Officer: Charles Herbert Lightoller
Second Officer: David Blair
Third Officer: Herbert John Pitman
Fourth Officer: Joseph Groves Boxhall
Fifth Officer: Harold Godfrey Lowe
Sixth Officer: James Paul Moody

Chief Officer, Henry Wilde, was the Chief officer on the Olympic. For some reason, he was appointed at the last moment to be the Chief Officer on the Titanic. The original Chief Officer was William Murdoch, he was bumped down to First Officer. The First Officer (who was Charles Lightoller) was bumped down to Second. The Second officer (David Blair) was excused totally from position. (Later, I’m sure he was thankful!) The junior officers (Pitman, Boxhall, Lowe, and Moody) on the other hand, stayed the same.

Those on Duty Those who were on duty at the Bridge and Crows Nest that night of April 14th 1912: Mr. Murdoch (1st Officer)
Mr. Boxhall (4th Officer)
Mr. Moody (6th Officer)
Mr. Robert Hichens (Quartermaster)
Mr. Rowe (Quartermaster)
Mr. Alfred Olliver (Quartermaster)
Mr. Frederick Fleet (Lookout)
Mr. Reginald Lee (Lookout)

Quartermaster Robert Hichens was at the wheel.

Quartermaster Rowe was on duty on the after bridge. Quartermaster Alfred Olliver was on duty as the stand-by quartermaster on the bridge. And, Lookouts Mr. Fleet and Mr. Lee were in the crows nest. Officers in Charge of Lifeboats: The four surviving deck officers had all become in charge of a lifeboat that night. Mr. Lightoller = Collapsible B
Mr. Pitman = Lifeboat #5
Mr. Boxhall = Lifeboat #2
Mr. Lowe = Lifeboat #14

Second Officer Lightoller was swept off the ship when a wave washed up on the bridge. He along with others found themselves in the cold Atlantic ocean. After a time, he found refuge on Collapsible B. He later became in charge of that boat. P.S. Lightoller was helping with the preparation of Collapsible B when the wave took him under.