LEGO’s Ferry Captain Is Actually Just The Captain Of The Titanic


The Ferry Captain minifigure in LEGO Collectible Minifigures 71034 Series 23 bears a striking resemblance – and probably no coincidence – to Edward Smith, captain of the RMS Titanic.

One of 12 new figures included in Series 23 of 71034, the Ferry Captain is probably the most standout costumed character in the entire line, not least because he comes as a detailed and themed figure even outside of his ferry costume. But there’s another reason why you should seek out this figure in a blind bag before any others in the 71034 23 series, and especially if you own 10294 Titanic.

The LEGO Group’s biggest icons to date (totalling 9,090 pieces) eschew minifigures altogether, aiming for an adult audience that probably doesn’t care about little plastic people. But if you count yourself among the collectors who enjoy the LEGO minifigure, the Ferry Captain is practically the perfect addition to 10294 Titanic, as it’s almost certainly inspired by the real captain of the cruise liner.

Born and raised in Staffordshire, Smith left school aged just 13 and began a career in the merchant navy. He eventually joined British shipping company White Star Line, where he quickly rose through the ranks with a reputation as a “safe captain”. From 1904 he began to order the company’s newer ships for their maiden voyages, including the Baltic – then the largest ship in the world.

His prowess and experience allowed him to later take command of the Adriatic, the Olympic and – finally – the Titanic. Sources disagree on whether Smith planned to retire after the liner’s maiden voyage, but he never would have had the chance: the captain eventually sank with the ship when the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912.

Historic photographs of Smith at the height of his career depict a man with a long white beard and pronounced mustache – eerily similar features to the Ferry Captain from the 71034 23 series. And while the LEGO minifigure obviously doesn’t include a specific details about Smith’s hat and uniform, the overall resemblance to his outfit (as seen on the Olympic) is uncanny.

That said, ask anyone to draw a sea captain’s uniform, and chances are they’ll come up with something similar to the figure’s design: it’s a universal design, after everything. But what’s less universal is the imprint of the face on the ferry captain, and it’s hard not to see the similarities to Edward Smith. If you own 10294 Titanic, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on this Series 23 figure while you can.

Check out our full review of the 71034 Series 23 here. All 12 new minifigures are available now from LEGO.com, LEGO Stores and all good third-party retailers. Like all collectible figure series, however, it will only remain in production until the next batch hits shelves and is expected to retire by the end of this year.

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