Bronze statue of Captain Smith wearing his naval hat, arms folded across his naval greatcoat, looking towards the right.
Capt. of R.M.S. Titanic
EDWARD JOHN SMITH, RD., RNR.
born january 27 1850 died april 15 1912
bequeathing to his countrymen
the memory & example of a great heart
a brave life and a heroic death
K. SCOTT sc.
Commander Edward John Smith RD RNR (1850-1912)
Captain of the White Star liner "Titanic"
Captain Smith was the officer in command of RMS Titanic. He died on 15 April
1912 alongside more than 1,500 people when his ship sank after striking an
iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
The 7'8" (2.34 m) statue is made of bronze and set on a plinth of Cornish granite.
It was sculpted by Lady Kathleen Scott - the widow of Scott of the Antarctic.
Although Captain Smith was born in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Lichfield was considered
a more accessible place for the statue. The location may also have been
chosen because Lichfield was the cathedral city of the diocese that covered Hanley.
The statue was unveiled at Beacon park on 29 July 1914 by Captain Smith's daughter,
Helen Melville Smith, in front of many distinguished guests, including Lady Scott.
The 'Be British" inscription on the statue was reported one of the last phrases
Captain Smith was heard to speak.
Lichfield District Council 2011
- Kathleen Scott, born Edith Agnes Kathleen Bruce
(Carlton in Lindrick, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, 1878 - 1947),
British sculptor, she married the Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Scott in 1908 and secondly with Edward Hilton Young, 1st Baron Kennet, in 1922
Sources & Information
Location (N 52°41'0" - W 1°49'58")
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Item Code: gbwm038; Photograph: 7 June 2014
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