A grand­son re­mem­bers

Paul Tav­erner never met his fa­mous grand­fa­ther, but still knows him well

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - Rosalyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

tragic, un­bear­able loss.

“My grand­mother lived un­til 1953 I think,” says Paul of his grand­mother, Amelia. “After that hap­pened she was never the same. She was re­ally bro­ken hearted.”

Like his father, Paul es­chewed life at sea in favour of dry land, work­ing as a welder with the rail­way to re­pair train cars. He worked in Port aux Basques, then Moncton for 17 years be­fore re­tir­ing back home.

As for his two un­cles, Paul ad­mits he doesn’t have a lot of in­for­ma­tion about them, but he does have a the­ory about their ac­tions that fate­ful night as well. He be­lieves the two men de­lib­er­ately chose to stand by their father to the very end.

“They were ab­so­lutely per­fect swim­mers,” said Paul. “And there were peo­ple that night who got res­cued who didn’t know how to swim.”

Of the SS Cari­bou’s 46-man crew, only 15 sur­vived the sink­ing.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF PAUL TAV­ERNER

Cap­tain Ben­jamin Tav­erner stands on the deck of the ill-fated S. S. Cari­bou in this un­dated photo.

Cap­tain Ben­jamin Tav­erner (left) with an uniden­ti­fied ship­mate.

Amelia Tav­erner was dev­as­tated by the loss of her hus­band and two sons, and was never truly the same af­ter­wards, ac­cord­ing to her grand­son, Paul.

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