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In1888, Smith earned his Extra Master's Certificate and joined the Royal Navalreserve (thus entitling him to append his name with "RNR"), qualifyingas a full Lieutenant.
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In 1878 He married Sarah Louisa Smith (they eventuallyhad seven children), and in the same year he graduated first in his class fromUniversity of Deseret, the normal school precursor of the University of Utah.
Although some sources state that he haddecided to retire after completing smaiden voyage, an article in the Halifax on 9 April1912 stated that Smith would remain in charge of "until theCompany (White Star Line) completed a larger and finer steamer."