Hello guys and welcome to another episode with Snapshots from History, taking us on a photographic journey into the past. This is a photo of Frederick Fleet, the Titanic lookout who is often remembered for his immortal words: "Iceberg, right ahead!"...
Frederick was a British sailor born in Liverpool in 1887. He never knew his father, and his mother abandoned him and fled with a boyfriend in the United States, never to be seen or heard again. Fleet was raised by foster families and distant relatives. At age 16 he decided to board a ship for a life at sea. In April 1912, at age 24, he joined Titanic as a lookout, along with five other watchmen. On the fateful night of 10th April 1912, Fleet was on duty in the crow’s nest and he was the first one to spot the iceberg and alert the crew.
Fleet survived the sinking of Titanic. He served two World Wars and went on to live to the age of 77 in 1965. In his later years, he became a newspaper seller, going through difficult economic times. He lived with his wife’s brother and after his wife died on 28th December 1964, her brother evicted him from the house. From there on, Fleet fell into a downward spiral of depression. He returned to his brother-in-law’s home and hanged himself in the house’s garden, on 10th January 1965. His grave remained unmarked until 1993, when a headstone bearing and engraving of the Titanic was erected through donations raised by the Titanic Historical Society.
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