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"Smell ice, can ya? Bleedin' Christ!"
—Reginald to Frederick Fleet after the iceberg hits Titanic.

Reginald Robinson Lee (May 19, 1870 – August 6, 1913) was a lookout stationed in the crow's nest of the RMS Titanic when the ship collided with an iceberg at 11:40 P.M. on April 14, 1912. He was 43 when he died.

Biography

Lee was born in Benson, England, Lee joined the Titanic's crew on April 6, 1912, having been transferred from its sister ship, RMS Olympic.

RMS Titanic

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Lee and Fleet distracted by Jack and Rose kissing

On April 14, Lee joined lookout Frederick Fleet in the crow's nest beginning at 10:00 P.M. The binoculars the two were supposed to use were not on board, forcing the lookouts to use their own eyesight. They failed to see the iceberg in time and, despite telling the bridge to order a hard turn to starboard, the ship collided and began to sink.

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Lee and Fleet see the iceberg

Once the life boats were being filled, Lee was ordered to man lifeboat No. 13, which was launched from the starboard side of Titanic at 1:30 a.m. As a result, Lee survived the sinking, as did Fleet.
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"Smell ice, can ya? Bleedin' Christ!"

After Life

Lee testified before the Board of Trade Inquiry into the disaster, but died shortly thereafter from complications from pneumonia, in Kenilworth, on August 6, 1913. He died age 43.

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