Tuesday, April 10

too much alcohol saved our family!


 Ted's grandfather "Louie" Lewis
was a merchant seaman, and in 1912
he signed-on in Southampton as a stoker
for Titanic's maiden voyage to America


On the eve of embarkation he took himself
to the local pub for a celebratory
drink. . .or. . .two. . .or. . .more. . .
and more. . .


and was so inebriated he never made it to the port


needless to say he got into a great deal of trouble

but only for a very short while!




19 comments:

Melissa said...

Holy cow! Sometimes things happen for a reason....who'd of thunk that a few drinks would have been one of them? I will never look down my nose at a pint again :)

sue15cat said...

I'll raise a glass to him later on....hic hic !!

Who said alcohol was bad for you....he proves them all wrong...clever man.

Sue xx

Liz said...

Wow - what an amazing story! Cheers!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Sherri B. said...

Very interesting....My grandfather missed the ship too but the reason was never really spoken of...perhaps our grandfathers were Pub pals, it is a small world after all...hahahaha! xo

Su said...

What a brilliant tale - I've always said that a glass or two is good for the soul!

KC'sCourt! said...

Thats amazing, bet his family were glad he didn't set sail!
Julie xxxxxxxx

delia hornbook said...

Wow that gave me goose bumps. I have been listening to radio 2 this afternoon and they had a lady on whos great great great i get confused on that bit grandfather was steering the ship when it hit the iceberg she has written a book about it and it was amazing and so interesting to listen to her. What a clever man Ted's grand father was a drink for a little dutch corurage maybe saved his life, dee x

Sylvia said...

Oh my, Elaine, is that really true ?
How interesting, it was meant to be !
Nice week,
Sylvia

Autumn Mist said...

Good grief, it doesn't bear thinking about, does it? Imagine how he must have felt later. A stunning tale.

Annie said...

Wow what an amazing story Elaine. Trevor's Nan who lived to be 103 also had a Titanic story. Her best friend when she was a little girl also set sail on The Titanic with her family but didn't survive. Nanny Liza kept her friend Jane's blue hair ribbon for the rest of her life along with a photo of her. She had given her the ribbon as a keepsake before leaving for her her new life. The tragedy stayed with her for the rest of her life, she still spoke of her friend as an old lady of 100.
Ann x

Elegancemaison said...

Brilliant story - good for Ted's grandfather! We like a bit of a drink in our family too. I've added you to my, " six degrees of separation" file. Only three degrees to the Titanic - wow! Almost as close as my connection to Sydney Harbour Bridge...

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

What a great family story .... It has been fascinating listening to all the stories about Titanic especially the Len Goodman series x

Menopausalmusing said...

Now that is the ultimate "lucky escape" story!

Rose H (UK) said...

Good job he stopped for another!
Strangely my Gt Uncle had a ticket for Titanic and at the last minute he decided not to go through illness in the family.
Rose H

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

Wow Elaine that is an amazing story! xo

Susan T said...

Good grief, what a lucky escape.

Andi's English Attic said...

That is an amazing family story to have. Wow! xx

BadPenny said...

I've been hearing lots of these stories on the local radio this week... one woman dreamed about a sinking ship so talked her husband out of taking a job on the Titanic.
Amazing to be related to someone who didn't go !

Lucy@Corset Laced Mannequins said...

what a fabulous story! I expect he was known as "Lucky Louie" from then on.

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