Who's in charge of the ship in case the Captain dies. On the Titanic, who was in charge when Smith died?

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  • Marli
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    4 weeks ago
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    Smith died at roughly the same time the Titanic did, so no one was in charge then. The Titanic no longer existed as a working vessel. That's why the surviving crew received no wages from White Star from the time she sank.

    If Captain Smith died before the sinking, Chief Officer Wilde would assume command. He was the senior officer after Captain Smith.

    2nd Officer Lightoller was the senior officer among the surviving deck officers. He took command of the officers and crew from the time of the US Senate Inquiry to their dispersion in England. Mr. Bruce Ismay, as President of the International Mercantile Marine and General Manager of the White Star Line, or the Directors of IMM, may have authorized Lightoller to be in command of the crew and keep them "in line" in a foreign port city. Interesting. White Star Line seemed to have a win-win. It stopped the crew's pay because the ship the crew "signed the articles" to serve on sank; but they were still subject to the Line through Lightoller.

  • 3 weeks ago
  • Joseph
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    A First Mate is a second in command on civilian ship.  On a military ship the second in command is called an Executive Officer (XO for short.)  He or she will take over in case the Captain dies or becomes incapacitated.  

    Once exception, rarely invoked:  By Russian Merchant Marine regulations a Captain must always be on the bridge when a ship sails through the ice.  However, they realize noone can stand watches day on end without rest, so the ships sailing along the Northern Sea Route carry a second Captain, who performs duties of the Captain while the first Captain rests. The second Captain outranks the First Mate and will assume the command when the first Captains dies. 

  • 3 weeks ago

    Smith didn't die until the ship went down. So the question is moot for the Titanic. But in general the other officers are in a hierarchy of command so they all know who takes over if this one or that one or the captain dies.

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  • Athena
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    3 weeks ago

    Well, as he died as the ship went down, nobody.

    Maritime law puts the next in command in charge. Int his case the First Mate.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    It follows down through the chain of command. Captain, Executive Officer, First Officer, etc.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    On a merchant ship the First Officer (also called the First Mate, or Chief Mate

    is second in command and would take over if the Captain is incapacitated, In many militaries, the executive officer, or "XO", is the second-in-command, reporting to the commanding officer.

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    4 weeks ago

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  • Greg
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Executive Officer is next in line.

  • Fuhr
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

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