Sunday, February 26, 2012
The Cooking Brandy
Charles Jougin was the chief baker aboard the Titanic when it struck an iceberg and sunk in 1912. He was assigned to load food and supplies aboard the lifeboats and to assist passengers; as he did, he helped himself to large amounts of alcoholic beverages, which were otherwise destined to sink. He did not board a lifeboat himself, but instead rode the ship down to the water, stepping off into the ocean water without so much as getting his hair wet. He survived for several hours in the water - an abnormally long time, considering the frigid temperatures - possibly due to the excessive amount of alcohol in his system at the time.