The Last Act of Titanics Brave First Mate Wensel Stevens - Image 1
On April 15th, 1912 the luxury ocean liner Titanic struck an iceberg in the northern Atlantic and began to sink. In the final hours before the ocean claimed the great ship, Captain Edward John Smith summoned his first mate, Wensel Stevens, to the bridge with urgent orders.

  1. Stevens

    Captain, is it true? Have we really struck berged ice?

  2. Captain Smith

    I'm afraid so, Stevens. I fear our ship shall not see another voyage.

  3. Stevens

    But how, she was thought to be unsinkable?!

  4. Captain Smith

    The arrogance of man knows no bounds. But that is a matter for the philosophers, Stevens. We are men of action, are we not?

  5. Stevens

    We are!

  6. Captain Smith

    I have an important assignment for you, Stevens. One that only you can be entrusted to carry out.

  7. Stevens

    Shall I muster the lifeboat crews? Shall I order the engine's halted? Shall I –

  8. Captain Smith

    You must make your way to steerage and lock the Irish in.

  9. Stevens

    …What?

  10. Captain Smith

    Damn it, man! You must make your way to steerage and lock the Irish belowdecks! What is so hard to understand?!

  11. Stevens

    It's just that, well, why?

  12. Captain Smith

    Because Stevens, we must ensure that our first class passengers are safe before any of that stinking Irish rabble clamor aboard.

  13. Stevens

    Very good, sir. And someone will alert me when the first class passengers have been loaded onto the boats so that I may release the Irish?

  14. Captain Smith

    …Well, it's a curious thing, Steven. There actually is not enough room for all all of the passengers.

  15. Stevens

    I see. So the first class passengers and the crew will all be loaded on and then the Irish are to be released to fend for themselves?

  16. Captain Smith

    …I should mention that not all of the first class passengers will be able to fit aboard the boats, I'm afraid. Just some of the women and children.

  17. Stevens

    Oh. And the crew? Where should I muster for my life boat, sir?

  18. Captain Smith

    That's the other thing I should have mentioned. There are no lifeboats for the crew either.

  19. Stevens

    So I am to drown then?

  20. Captain Smith

    No, my boy, we are to drown. As honorable a death as any seaman could ask for!

  21. Stevens

    Yes, indeed.

  22. Captain Smith

    Now, as your final act on this earth, as your dying deed, will you please get to the steerage gates and lock those cursed Irish in so that a small number of wealthy aristocratic women who would never ever consider us their social equals may escape this awful disaster unscathed?

  23. Stevens

    Sir, it would be my greatest honor. Goddamn the Irish!

  24. Captain Smith

    Goddamn the Irish, Stevens. Goddamn them all to hell.