Third time unlucky for tragic sailor who survived Titanic
- On 23/11/2008
- In People or Company of Interest
From Mail Online
A sailor who survived two massive shipwrecks including the Titanic, finally died when a third vessel sunk, it emerged today.
Tragic Archie Jewell's bad luck has been uncovered in two letters up for auction at Sothebys.
Archibald 'Archie' Jewell, who was born in 1888, was a lookout on the Titanic on the night she hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and went down, taking 1,523 lives with her, in April 1912.
Remarkably, he was also serving on Britannic, which was being used as a hospital ship, when it was hit by a mine that killed 30 in 1916.
In an evocative letter to one of his sisters in Cornwall, just 11 days after the Titanic disaster, 23-year-old Mr Jewell describes the sinking of the liner and the immediate aftermath.