The RMS Titanic, nicknamed “The Unsinkable” by engineers and newspapermen, has been a romantic highlight of man’s arrogance and the power of nature. The ship sank on April 15, 1912, only four days into its maiden voyage – taking with it to the depths of the ocean over 1500 of its 2200 passenger and crew manifest. It was, and remains, the greatest non-wartime maritime tragedy.
Even before the famous Leonardo Dicaprio film, the RMS Titanic has captured our imaginations – especially after it was rediscovered in 1985 by a salvage team (or as my former mentor would call them – treasure hunters, common looters with more funding).
I remember being mesmerized by the stories of those who lost their lives and the shocking stories of the survivors of the great tragedy. In spite of what many tweens and twenty-somethings may think, the great stories of the TItanic were not acted out by Kate Winslett or Leonardo Dicaprio. Who can forget the nouveaux riche and scandalous “Unsinkable Molly Brown” or Captain Edward Smith, who refused a place on a lifeboat (as did his wife) as he believed his place as Captain was to go down with his ship. Most of all, I remember being moved by the band, who reportedly played until the last moments.
The victims of the Titanic knew no age, gender, or class (although the wealthy had a significantly better chance of survival). One mysterious victim was a young child, a toddler whose body was pulled out of the icy Atlantic on April 21. The child’s identity was hastily (and incorrectly made). However, a recent exhumation, with accompanying DNA testing, has made a confirmed identity of the child as British born: Sidney Lesley Goodwin. Young Sidney perished with the rest of his family (both parents, three brothers, and two sisters) on the Titanic’s tragic voyage.
Read the entirety of the article to learn about the investigator’s process and the ultimate identity of this beautiful child whose life was tragically cut short in this article from MSNBC.