Arthur Henry Rostron

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Captain Arthur Henry Rostron, 1911.
Portrait: © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Captain SIR Arthur Henry Rostron, K.B.E., R.D. (14 May, 1869 – 4 November, 1940) served in the Royal Naval Reserve. He was famous for his civilian work as captain of R.M.S. Carpathia for his role in saving life in the wake of the loss of R.M.S. Titanic.

Life & Career

Rostron was born in Astley Bridge, Bolton.

Rostron was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 August, 1898.

Rostron was promoted to the rank of Commander on 18 January, 1912.

While serving as Captain of R.M.S. Carpathia, he rescued the survivors of R.M.S. Titanic. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States for his able dedication in this life-saving feat.

Rostron was promoted to Acting Captain in March of 1918 and then to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1918.[1]

On 8 July, 1926, he was awarded the K.B.E.

He retired on 31 May, 1931 and died at age 71 on 4 November, 1941.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Cole C. Fowler
Captain of H.M.S. Mauretania
5 Mar, 1918[2]
Succeeded by


  1. Rostron Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 340/120.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 998.