Charles Herbert Lightroller

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Charles Herbert Lightroller was born in Chorley, Lancashire, England back in 1874 to Frederick and Sarah.  When he was 10, his father moved to New Zealand leaving him in the care of the extended family.  Not want to end up with a factory job at 13, he began a four-year apprenticeship on board the Primrose Hill.

In 1898, he nearly died from a bout of malaria.  That same year he headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, failing he then became a cowboy in Alberta, Canada.  That did not suit him, he arrived back in England in 1899 penniless.  He received his master’s certificate and in 1900 began his career with the White Star Line as fourth officer of the SS Medic.  Two weeks before the sinking of the RMS Titanic he was acting first officer.  As the officer in charge of loading passengers into lifeboats on the port side, Lightoller strictly enforced the women and children only protocol not allowing any male passengers into the lifeboats unless they were needed as auxiliary seamen.

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Comments (18)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that was a fateful journey.  I assume he made it to safety.

Jun 11, 2021 03:17 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, James.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Jun 11, 2021 03:44 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. He had a big task to enforce the women and children rule. Kudos to him. Enjoy your day.

Jun 11, 2021 04:45 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, having to take a factory job at 13 doesn't seem right and it definitely sounds like he had to make adult decisions before he was an adult.

Jun 11, 2021 05:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... now that was one very brave man to say the least.

Jun 11, 2021 05:33 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Charles was such a brave man.  It's Friday and the weekend is in sight, thanks for the post.  Bill Salvatore

Jun 11, 2021 05:36 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Charles was a hero for sure James Dray .  I'd like to know, did he pass with the ship or did he find some wreckage to cling to?

Jun 11, 2021 06:10 AM
James Dray

No he survied and served in WWII

Jun 12, 2021 03:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I am thinking I may be missing some additional information about today's story.  I wonder if that is the case intentionally or for other reasons.  

Jun 11, 2021 06:19 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The Titanic made quite an impression in the world's history! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Jun 11, 2021 06:27 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

No doubt his role on the Titanic was the most meaningful.

Jun 11, 2021 07:45 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! There is quite a life full of interesting passages.

Jun 11, 2021 08:15 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and it was the right think to do and it must of been hard for him to enforce it.

Jun 11, 2021 08:47 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- what an interesting back-story on someone who served on the Titantic. 

Jun 11, 2021 09:30 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Women and children first is now a law of seamanship James Dray  

Jun 11, 2021 07:27 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James on a side note when Diane and I came to Los Angeles the Movie Titanic was playing in Century City and we went to see it never seen such a huge Screen with surround sound... well it was a few years ago... I do not remember him from the movie:)Endre

Jun 11, 2021 10:53 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

At least he was able to see the world first.

Today the task would be harder to perform with so many not adhering to what gender they are!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 12, 2021 04:22 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I quit government office job to work in a factory helping company solving problems. Industry suits me fine. In US by belonging to a Union one makes more dough than college graduates when starting out.

Jun 29, 2021 04:51 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I had to do an internet search to find out what happened to him:

Lightoller dove into the frigid water from the bridge, miraculously managing to avoid being sucked down along with the massive ship. He clung to an overturned lifeboat until the survivors were rescued. Lightoller was the last person pulled aboard the Carpathia and the highest-ranking officer to survive the wreck.

Oct 23, 2021 04:44 PM