author recounts family member's escape from The Titanic
Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has this week published a new book recounting
how one of his family members escaped from the sinking Titanic
liner a century ago.
Crimmins, 78, has written 'Titanic: From One Extreme To The
Other', which outlines how his father's cousin, James Crimmins,
worked as a fireman in the boiler room of the ill-fated ship.
was one of the very last people to make it off the ship alive,
managing to escape on the final lifeboat," Peter told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
the nights of April 14th, 15th and 16th 1912 James was on duty
doing his 8pm-midnight shift when the ship struck the iceberg."
the officers realised the seriousness of the situation, James
and fourteen other firemen were ordered to draw and dampen down
helped where he could and also loaded the lifeboats with women
and children, and he himself managed to get on the last lifeboat
with 68 passengers."
21-year-old was in the lifeboat for four and a half hours in icy
cold weather before he was picked up by another boat and taken
safely to New York.
brother-in-law, Thomas Kerr, who was also onboard The Titanic,
was lost on the sinking ship.
James was incredibly fortunate not to be among the 1,503 who lost
their lives that night, he was injured in another shipping incident
during World War II and died in 1956, aged 65.
added: "Having discussed James' story with my family many
times over the years, I decided it is important that it should
be remembered for future generations, particularly given this
year's 100 year anniversary. That's why I have written the book
which I hope will be of interest to lots of people."
book has gone on sale this week at Burnham's seafront information
centre, priced at £4.99. A donation from each sale will
go to BIARS, the community group that runs the centre.