Thomas King (May 9th, 1869 - April 15th, 1912) is the Coxswain (also known as the Master-at-arms) on the Titanic. He is responsible for keeping law and order on the ship.
He was called the first night of the voyage after three sailors thought Jack Dawson was trying to rape Rose DeWitt Bukater. He handcuffed Jack with the orders of George Rowe and Caledon Hockley. Rose steps in and tells a version of misrepresentation to obtain, and Jack is finally released.
Three days later, Cal sets a plot to get rid of Jack. King and steward Barnes must search him in order to find Cal's "missing diamond". When Jack and Rose return, Spicer Lovejoy drops Cal's necklace in Jack's pocket without Jack noticing and they find it, succeeding Cal's plan to frame him. To make matters worse, Jack is found to be in possession of someone else's hat and coat. Jack is handcuffed to a pipe in King's office, but King is soon is forced to deal with a riot in second class after being warned by a commissioner in. He leaves to deal with the situation, leaving the key to the handcuffs with Lovejoy instead.
King is later seen during the final moments of the sinking, hanging on the the railing at the ship's stern. He appears to have lost his cap at some point and is finally seen letting go and falling to his death moments before the ships final plunge into the ocean.
Behind the scenesEdit
In the film, he was portrayed by Ron Donachie. The character is not credited by his real name in the film, but instead as the Master-at-arms. In Titanic's history, there were two master-at-arms on the ship. King perished while the other, Henry Bailey, survived. Therefore, it can be certain that the one featured in the film is supposed to be Thomas King, since his character perished.