John Smethells
Biographical information
Residence England, UK
Physical information
Gender Male
Hair colour Black
Aboard the Titanic
Cabin C-73
Occupation Steward
"You've been in your cabin the whole voyage. A touch of the mal de mer, was it?"
—John Smethells

John Smethells is the straight-laced prim and proper English steward of Frank Carlson and Willi Von Haderlitz. Smethells has worked for the White Star Line since 1892, and has never met a passenger he couldn't help.[1]

In game, Smethells acts as a tutorial to provide the player with instructions on how to play the game as well as provide general assistance and direct the player to their next objective.

Second Mission Edit

When Carlson awakens back in 1912, Smethells arrives and enters the cabin to deliver a message from Carlson's Titanic contact, Penny Pringle. He advises that Carlson remembers his personal items of a watch and bag before advising him to ring the bell by the cabin if he needs additional assistance. For most of the mission afterwards, Smethells can be found just outside of the Purser's Office.

Later on in the game, Smethells is spoken with mandatorily when he delivers a message from Willi to Carlson about meeting in the Squash Court, remarking that it is most irregular for it to be open at this hour. If Carlson does not receive the ring from Willi during their subsequent fencing matches, Smethells can later gift it to him instead.

Smethells also can be found outside the Turkish Bath with Third Officer Morrow in the aftermath of Willi's murder by Colonel Zeitel. He finds the incident 'regrettable', warning Carlson that it is an unpleasant sight inside.

Smethells is initially very helpful to the player however becomes increasingly annoyed by Carlson constantly wandering the ship and associating with second class Penny Pringle; where he once openly accuses them of plotting larceny together.

After the Titanic strikes the iceberg, Smethells is not seen again and cannot be summoned for help in Carlson's cabin. It is presumed he goes down with the ship.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. On the original Cyberflix website, Smethells was said to have "been with the White Star Line for 20 years and has never met a passenger he couldn’t help."
Passengers of the RMS Titanic
First Class  Sasha Barbicon | Eric Burns | Stephanie Burns | Frank Carlson | Daisy Cashmore | George Quincy Clifford | Andrew Conkling | Beatrix Conkling | Henry Gorse-Jones | Ribeena Gorse-Jones | Bruce Ismay | Georgia Lambeth | Charles Lambeth | Claris Limehouse | Mrs. Limehouse | Buick Riviera | Max Seidelmann | Isidor Straus | Leyland Trask | Willi von Haderlitz | Alfred Zeitel
Second Class  Penny Pringle | Edgar Troutt
Third Class  Edward Hacker | Jack Hacker | Shailagh Hacker
Crew  Lift Attendant | Third Officer Morrow | Seaman 1 | Seaman 2 | Seaman 3 | John Smethells | Stoker | The Purser
Stowaways  Vlad Demonic