Second Officer Lightoller (from 1997 Film)
Second Officer Lightoller (from 1997 Film)
Biological Information
Full Name Charles Herbert Lightoller
Gender Male
Date of Birth March 30th, 1874
Date of Death December 8th, 1952 (aged 78)
Cause of Death Heart Failure / Disease
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown
Alignment Neutral
Background Information
Hometown England
Religion Christian Scientist
Titanic Statistics
Boarded Belfast, England
Destination New York, U.S.A.
Class Deck crew
Lifeboat Collapsible B
Portrayer Jonny Phillips

Second Officer Lightoller was Senior Officer of RMS Titanic.


He is first seen on the night of collision talking to Captain Smith talking about how calm the ocean is. Later on, he is relieved by William Murdoch who brings up how there are not enough binoculars for the crow's nest.

After the collision, he is in charge of loading the port side lifeboats where he says only women and children are allowed in the boats. He goes up to Captain Smith to get permission to lower the boats. Thomas Andrews asks why he not lowering the boats to full capacity, he says they don't know the weight capacity and feared the boats would buckle. Andrew infuriated tells Lightoller the boats were tested to hold 70 men, Lightoller begins to load more women and children into the boats.

As panic begins to build and people are rushing the boats, Lightoller threatens the passengers with a gun. He orders Harold Lowe to take charge of Lifeboat #14; as Lowe boards the boat Lightoller puts in actual bullets into his gun. Later on at Collapsible D fires two shots into the air as people begin to board the lifeboat.

Following the failed attempt to launch Collapsible B which landed upside down from the officer's quarters, Lightoller tries to get the lifeboat right sided up and as the boat deck floods he gets Col. Gracie to cut the ropes from the lifeboat. He grabs hold of the collapsible and holds on as the wave from the first funnel washes over the boat.

He is last seen in a deleted scene on top Collapsible B with other survivors as he keeps the Collapsible balanced, before they are rescued.


Historical accuracyEdit

Lightoller is shown wearing a massive overcoat and no lifebelt, in his autobiography he said that he was wearing "a sweater, no coat or overcoat...I had long since discarded my greatcoat" and remarked that he was in pants and sweater over his pyjamas. An article that he wrote for the Christian Science journal in October 1912 stated he was also wearing a lifebelt.

Unlike the scene with him trying to get passengers and crew to right Collapsible B, in real life he abandoned the Collapsible and moved to see what could be done for Collapsible A. Once seeing the boat on the boat deck, he walked off into the water to swim to the crow's nest and was sucked into the ventilation shaft before being blown out by a blast of hot air coming from below decks. He then swan to Collapsible B and took charge of the boat.


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