A grandson remembers
Paul Taverner never met his famous grandfather, but still knows him well
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.
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.