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Henry Tingle Wilde was the Chief Officer of the RMS Titanic, he was born on 21 September 1872 in Walton, England He was the son of Henry Wilde, an Insurance Surveyor from Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire. His mother was Elizabeth Tingle of Loxley, Bradfield, he began his apprenticeship with Messrs. James Chambers & Co., Liverpool on 23 October 1889, onboard the 1835-ton Greystoke Castle, after completing his apprenticeship he served as third mate aboard the Greystoke Castle, and then moved on to third mate of the 1374-ton Hornsby Castle, His first steamship posting was aboard the S.S. Brunswick in 1895 later he transferred to the S.S. Europa and served aboard her as second mate. In July 1897, he joined the White Star Line.

Starting as a junior officer, Wilde rose steadily through the ranks while serving on several White Star ships. These included the Covic, Cufic, Tauric, and Delphic.

Wilde became Chief Officer of Titanic's sister, the RMS Olympic, where he served under Titanic's future captain, Edward J. Smith, Wilde was scheduled to leave Southampton on Olympic on 3 April 1912 but was ordered by White Star to remain behind and was assigned as Titanic's Chief Officer at the last minute.

On Titanic's sailing day, 10 April 1912, Wilde reported for duty at 6.00 AM After putting to sea, Wilde worked the 2-6 watches, At 11.40 PM on 14 April, Titanic had her famous encounter with an iceberg. Because Wilde was off-duty at the time, and because he did not survive the night, his movements during the sinking are largely unknown. He apparently took charge of filling and lowering the even-numbered lifeboats on the port side of the ship. By 1.40 AM, most of the port lifeboats had been lowered, and Wilde moved to the starboard side. He was last seen trying to free the collapsible lifeboats A and B from the roof of the Officers' Quarters. it is believed that Wilde was the officer who committed suicide in the last minutes of the sinking, an incident that was reported by several survivors. 

Henry Tingle Wilde Memorial Kirkdale Cemetery, Fazakerley, Liverpool, England.



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Titanic Trivia

Dogs: Titanic had nine dogs on board when she sank, only Two survived.

Newspaper: Titanic had its own on board newspaper The Atlantic Daily Bulletin.

Two Bathtubs: More than 700 passengers in third class had to share Two Bathtubs

Rivets: 3 Million rivets held the hull together

Never christened: Titanic was never officially christened or named as white star line traditional policy was to launch without a christening.

Children: All 24 children in second class survived the disaster.

Construction: 6 workers died on the titanic during construction.

Jenny: Titanic had her own cat called jenny, unconfirmed reports suggest the cat transported her new litter of kittens off the doomed ship when it docked in Southampton and left for a new life.