Lot 254: Partly-printed DS, signed "Edw'd J. Smith," one page, 7.5 x 6, April 8, 1893. A certificate of discharge issued to T. G. Raddish, a second mate on board the Britannic. The document states Raddish served aboard the vessel from March 15, 1893, until April 1893, and was discharged in Liverpool. Printed near the bottom is a certification statement which reads, "I certify that the above particulars are correct and that the above named Seaman was discharged accordingly, and that the character described hereon is a true copy of the Report concerning the said Seaman." Signed at the conclusion of the statement by Smith as the vessel's master, and countersigned by a shipping representative. The discharge also bears two "V.G." notations in areas for character of conduct and ability. In fine condition, with toning to edges. Smith joined the White Star Line in 1880 and assumed command of the Britannic, a post he held until May of 1893, when he left to briefly command the Adriatic. As he rose in seniority, Smith became a favorite of the wealthy financiers and notables who frequently traveled aboard his ships, acquiring the nickname the 'Millionaires' Captain.' From 1904 on, Smith commanded the White Star Line's newest vessels on their maiden voyages, including the R.M.S. Titanic. An exceedingly rare autograph in any form particularly this early in his career.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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