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Named after the Titans of ancient mythology enormous in size and strength the Titanic first sailed the seas April 12 1912 It was a glorious ship predicted to make headlines However the headlines anticipated were displaced by a story of tragedy The Titanic was created to be an unsinkable ship and perhaps this reckless presumption was what blinded the passengers as well as Captain Edward J Smith After disaster stuck people were left wondering what caused the catastrophe Some blamed Bruce Ismay the owner of the Titanic for the lives of those passengers on board while others blamed Captain Smith Although he was an honorable and well-experienced captain for forty years his poor decisions ignorance overconfidence and his thirst for public attention sunk the ship of dreams Titanic Captain Smith was an honorable and distinguished captain for 40 years storms sought in vain to vex him or menace his craft Streissguth 32 Captain Smith was looked upon as a skillful assured and a faithful sailor For forty years he skillfully maneuvered ships through ice infested waters and not once did any ships founder by his hand His company held him high on a pedestal when they saw Captain Smith they saw a person strong of limb intent of purpose pure in character dauntless as a sailor should be he walked the deck of his majestic structures as master of her keel Streissguth 32 As a demonstration of the respect towards Captain Smith his company handed to him every new advancing ship that was built Streissguth 32 Lightoller described him as a ships captain of vast experience universally regarded as a highly responsible man who behaved at times in a manner that appears in retrospect positively reckless Streissguth 82 However Lightoller also mentioned that Captain Smith had a tendency to maneuver his ships at full Speed Streissguth 82 Regardless of Captain Smiths admirable reputation his over-confidence was his tragic flaw Captain Smith was fearless as he
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