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Sat Dec 19, 2020, 11:35 PM

Master and Man (a 1912 poem commenting on the survival of the spineless owner of the RMS Titanic)

Master and Man

The Captain stood where a
Captain should
For the Law of the Sea is grim;
The Owner romped while the ship was swamped
And no law bothered him.
The Captain stood where the Captain should
When a Captain's ship goes down
But the Owner led when the women fled,
For an Owner must not drown.
The Captain sank as a man of Rank,
While his Owner turned away;
The Captain's grave was his bridge and brave,
He earned his seaman's pay.
To hold your place in the ghastly face of Death on the Sea at Night
Is a Seaman's job, but to flee with the mob
Is an Owner's Noble Right.

Chicago Journal, 1912
by journalist (and later playwright) Ben Hecht

Written in response to the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and news that Captain Edward John Smith had just gone down with his ship and a majority of its passengers, while the ship's owner Bruce Ismay (who failed to provide enough lifeboats) survived by taking a lifeboat spot meant for women and children first.

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UTUSN Dec 20 #2
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localroger Dec 20 #4

Response to ChicagoRonin (Original post)

Sun Dec 20, 2020, 12:25 AM

1. --- kinda like the officers of the L.A. hospital who got the vaccine before the

frontline staff.

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Sun Dec 20, 2020, 12:29 AM

2. Totally DRUMPF

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Sun Dec 20, 2020, 02:27 AM

3. Thanks

My granduncle drowned on the Titanic, so that poem means something extra to me.

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Sun Dec 20, 2020, 09:44 AM

4. And 108 years later, the song plays the same /nt

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