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James Paul Moody was the Sixth Officer of the RMS Titanic and the only junior officer to go down with the ship.

He was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, the son of John Henry Moody and Evelyn Louis Lammin. He went to sea at the age of 14 and attended the HMS Conway nautical training ship at Birkenhead, later Moody joined the White Star Line and served on the liner RMS Oceanic (along with fellow Titanic officer Charles Lightoller) before being transferred to the Titanic in 1912 at age 24, Along with the other junior officers, Moody received a telegram early in 1912 ordering him to report to White Star's Liverpool offices on 26 March. From there he travelled to board Titanic in Belfast.

On Titanic's sailing day, 10 April, Moody assisted, among other things, in aiding Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in lowering two of the starboard lifeboats to satisfy the Board of Trade that Titanic met safety standards, Once the ship had put to sea, Moody stood the 4-5 PM watch and both 8-12 watches, which meant that he was on watch, together with First Officer William Murdoch, when the Titanic struck an iceberg at 11.40 PM on 14 April, After spotting the iceberg, lookout Frederick Fleet rang the warning bell three times and phoned the bridge. It was Moody who answered the call, asking, "What do you see?" Fleet replied, "Iceberg, right ahead!"

 

 

After titanic’s collision with the iceberg Moody helped in the loading of lifeboat Nos. 12, 14, and 16. While loading No. 14, Fifth Officer Lowe remarked that an officer should man the lifeboat. While the lower-ranker Moody would traditionally have been given this task, he deferred to Lowe. It was a decision that would seal his fate, Moody was last seen trying to launch the Collapsible A emergency lifeboat a few minutes before the final sinking, He was 24 at the time of his death. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

A Memorial plaque for officer james moody can be found at his place of birth at 17 Granville rd, Scarborough, England and a second plaque at the Lifeboat house in the town.  

 


   

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Titanic Facts

One way Ticket: The cost of a one way ticket on the titanic were First Class (parlor suite) £870/$4,350 ($83,200 today)
 
First Class (berth) £30/$150 ($2975 today)
 
Second Class £12/$60 ($1200 today)
 
Third Class £3 to £8/$40 ($298 to $793 today)

Speed: of the Titanic at point of impact with the iceburg 20.5 knots (approx 23mph)

Titanic's Route :
Southampton, England (departure)
Cherbourg, France
Queenstown, Ireland
New York City, USA (never arrived)