Captain Edward John Smith
Edward John Smith was the commanding officer for the White Star Line shipping company, and met his demise as Captain of the RMS Titanic. There are various conflicting accounts of Smith’s last words or how exactly he died in the disaster, but all suggest his final actions were heroic.
Some have blamed Captain Smith for the incident, suggesting that he wrongfully sped through the ice at full speed. However, he was posthumously exhonerated since it was a common practice at the time.
There is at least one survivor who claimed in a letter that Captain Smith had been drinking directly before the incident. Her letter (pictured below), written aboard the rescue ship Carpathia, was sold in an auction in 2012.