By Bruce M. Caplan
When the Titanic sank on the morning of the 15h of April 1912, there were many amazing descriptions of how people survived. One of the most incredible came from the chief baker Charles Joughin. He was born in 1878 and died in 1956. According to his account, he had consumed a huge amount of alcohol after the ship collided with the berg.
When the Titanic finally sank he managed to swim over to an overturned lifeboat and hold a hand of one of the crew. He insisted that his entire body was in the below freezing water for over two hours, but the liquor consumption saved his life.
In the 1958 motion picture “A Night to Remember”, as the ship is sinking there’s several images of Joughin, in his cabin as he continues to drink to shelter himself from the trauma he’s experiencing.
Scientifically his story does not make sense! Alcohol would actually expedite the freezing process rather than ameliorate it. Most people today, believe that Charles Joughin was so inebriated that he truly believed that he had been in the 28 degree lethal ocean for over two hours.
Here’s the kicker—-“Believe it or Not”, he went on to marry a woman by the name of Nellie Ripley!