James Clinch Smith

  • American

On the night of the terrible disaster when I came upon the deck after having been aroused from my slumbers, I met Smith, and we made an agreement to stick to each other through thick and thin. We first realized the gravity of the situation while we were still on a lower deck when we noticed the list the ship gave toward the port side. We took up our station on the port side of the boat deck, at the bow end, near where women and children were being loaded into one of the boats. Here, without any seeming fear whatsoever, Smith stood and he and I helped lift women and children and babies over the rail as each boat was loaded and then lowered. Toward the last, when the list of the vessel became such that Second Officer Lightoller ordered all passengers to the starboard side, Smith at once obeyed and I followed. Here he calmly took in all that was being done by the crew in an attempt to launch a collapsible canvas boat that had been slid down from the hurricane deck, and he and I helped. Before the boat could be launched, the water was upon us.Archibald Gracie, The truth about the Titanic


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Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1856/04/03 Sarah Nicoll Clinch Smith, the wife of John Lawrence Smith, gives birth to a son, James Clinch Smith. Born
1889/00/00 James Clinch Smith inherits the Smith homestead Home Judge John Lawrence Smith Homestead Smithtown, NY
1895/06/00 Bertha Ludington Barnes marries James Clinch Smith at a lavish wedding in Grace Church (Lost) in Chicago. Groom
1906/06/25 Stanford White, his son Lawrence and James Clinch Smith enjoy diner at the Cafe Martin near Madison Square Garden. Harry Thaw and his wife Evelyn Nesbit also dine at the same restaurant. Guest Murder of Stanford White
1912/04/10 James Smith boards the Titanic at Cherbourg, taking first class cabin A-7. Smith will meet up with friends, Archibald Gracie and Edward Kent, and make new friends with Helen C Candee, Mauritz Hakan, Bjornstrom-Steffanson, Edward Colley and Hugh Woolner. Life
1912/04/15 James Clinch Smith "a noble gentleman and a man of dauntless courage" dies on the TITANIC. In "The Truth About the Titanic", Gracie tells how Clinch helped save the lives of the women and children and "showed no sign of fear". Lost at Sea Sinking of the RMS Titanic
1912/05/11 A memorial service James Clinch Smith is held at St James Episcopal Church, St James, Long Island. In Memoriam St James Episcopal Church, Smithtown Smithtown, NY
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