In 1985 AuthorHouse author David Haisman’s mother become a celebrity. Seventy-three years after its fateful maiden voyage, the Titanic’s watery grave was discovered. Haisman’s mother Edith was one of the surviving passengers from one of the world’s most notorious voyages. In 1996 Mrs. Haisman became a Centenarian and also the Titanic’s oldest living survivor.
In his book, Titanic the Edith Brown Story, David Haisman uses his own thirty years of maritime experience to share an authentic, credible retelling of his mother’s story. Today he shares the first of a series of guest blogs on the AuthorHouse Author’s Digest.
The Titanic’s Oldest Living Survivor’s Story, as Told by Her Son
By David Haisman
At the age of five I was on my way to South Africa, via St Helena on a troopship with my mother, three brothers , two sisters and 500 troops after leaving war torn England in 1943. We were being shadowed by a German U-Boat for several days during that voyage and it all could have ended there, but luck was on our side and we safely reached St. Helena. After disembarkation of the troops, we arrived in Cape Town several days later.
During the five years of our stay in Simonstown, a small township some 20 miles from Cape Town, I was to learn that my mother was someone special and the name Titanic had something to do with that.
By the age of ten, we were on our way back to Southampton in England and on arrival, saw that the city had been heavily bombed throughout the war. This left Southampton with a critical housing shortage and as a result, we ended up living in a Nissen Hut for two years, a tunnel shaped structure of corrugated iron with creaky floorboards throughout.
By the age of sixteen I was doing my first trip to sea, bound for West Africa on an old cargo ship that had been captured from the Germans and of which had been converted into a banana boat.
By the time I had reached the age of 20, I had served on 15 different ships which included cargo ships, tankers and some of the world’s largest liners. During that time I had had lots of laughs and endured some hair raising moments with incidents in Costa Rica, Cape Town, Los Angeles and Singapore, to name but a few.
By the age of 30 there had been tragedy as well as excitement and it wasn’t going to end there. The discovery of the wreck of the Titanic was to turn my mother into a celebrity and later, have an unexpected impact on my life as well.
Having lived in three countries and visited many more, it became a crowded life but more of that later as I go back to where it all began.
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