在泰坦尼克号灾难106周年之际,哈利法克斯的一位妇女分享了她的祖父当年参与帮助遇难者归故里的故事。

约1,500名乘客和机组人员于1912年4月15日死亡,当时泰坦尼克号撞上一座冰山,并在纽芬兰大银行以南的北大西洋沉没。

事件发生后,哈利法克斯方面有派出电缆船去打捞尸体,可以清楚的是从只有那些上了救生艇的人才能有机会幸存下来。

弗朗西斯戴克就是当时从从哈利法克斯出航去帮助搜索尸体的人之一,当年他才刚刚20岁。

一个多世纪后,他的孙女,68岁的泰斯代尔发表了一封他写给母亲的关于他的经历的信的扫描副本。 他曾经在英格兰接受训练,并在灾难发生时担任哈利法克斯电缆船Minia的第二名电工。

泰斯代尔说:“虽然这项工作很艰苦,但弗朗西斯戴克非常乐意做这项工作,并帮助这些灵魂回到哈利法克斯。”

但戴克没有分享他在寒冷水域度过时光的很多细节。

“据我所知,他没有与他的妻子或他的三个女儿分享任何事,其中一个是我的母亲,”她说。 “当这件事发生时,他非常年轻,这是一场创伤性事件。”

泰斯代尔说,她发现在1960年那会戴克就参与到泰坦尼克号项目中,她展示了米尼亚的木匠从船上残骸中取出的相框。

她在90年代后期发现了更多的细节,当时她和她的家人在当地博物馆的恢复工作中发现了戴克写给母亲的一封信。

“这封信把我震惊了,”她说。 “不仅是关于发生的事情,也有关于个人的所见所感。“

信中摘录的内容是“麦凯(另一艘负责取回尸体的船只)拾起了200多具尸体,并确定了约150具遗体。”

泰斯代尔说,她为祖父致力于让灾难的受害者安息而感到自豪。

“他是那种类型的男人,他会帮助别人,”她说。 “一颗善良的心。”

Teasdale四月在哈利法克斯的大西洋海洋博物馆分享她的祖父的故事。

加拿大大西洋泰坦尼克号协会在博物馆举办了一个活动,既是为了纪念那些在灾难中丧生的人,也是为了突出那些帮助拯救和恢复幸存者和受害者的人。

加拿大大西洋泰坦尼克号会会长戴安娜美斯特在接受采访时说,每个新斯科舍省人都应该记住泰坦尼克号的灾难。

她表示:“这是对那些以希望开始航程的人表示敬意和回忆:希望幸运,希望过上美好的生活……然后改变这种悲惨的悲剧,”她说。

“整个社区都受到影响。”

哈利法克斯是世界上最大的泰坦尼克墓地的所在地,121名遇难者在费尔维尤草坪公墓休息。大约另外30个人被埋在城市的另外两个墓地里。

Nova Scotians remember local impact of Titanic disaster 106 years later

On the 106th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, a Halifax woman reflected on her grandfather’s role in ensuring some of the victims were laid to rest.

Some 1,500 passengers and crew members died on April 15, 1912, when the Titanic struck an iceberg and went down in the North Atlantic, south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

Cable ships were dispatched from Halifax in the aftermath to pluck bodies from the water when it became clear that only those who made it into the lifeboats had survived.

Francis Dyke was just 20 years old when he sailed out from Halifax to help search for bodies.

Over a century later, his granddaughter, 68-year-old Pat Teasdale, spoke Sunday as she held a scanned copy of a letter he wrote to his mother about his experiences. She said he trained in England and was working as the second electrician on the Halifax cable ship Minia when the disaster broke.

“Even though it was difficult work, he was very happy to do that work and help bring these souls back to Halifax as a resting place,” Teasdale said.

She said Dyke didn’t share many details about the time he spent on the frigid waters.

“To my knowledge, he didn’t share anything with his wife or any of his three daughters, one of whom was my mother,” she said. “He was very young when this happened, and it was a traumatic event.”

Teasdale said she learned of Dyke’s involvement with the Titanic in the 1960s, when he showed her a picture frame the Minia’s carpenter had made out of wreckage from the ship.

She discovered more details in the late ‘90s when she and her family found a letter he had written to his mother during the recovery efforts in a local museum.

“It really blew me away,” she said. “It’s detailed about what happened, but it’s also personal. It’s his reactions to what he was seeing and feeling.”

An excerpt from the letter reads “the MacKay (another ship tasked with retrieving bodies) had picked up over 200 bodies and had identified about 150 and had buried the rest.”

Teasdale said she’s proud of her grandfather’s efforts to put the victims of the disaster to rest.

“He was that type of man. He would help others with anything,” she said. “A very kind heart.”

Teasdale was at Halifax’s Maritime Museum of the Atlantic April to share her grandfather’s story.

The Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada hosted an event at the museum, both to commemorate those lost in the disaster, and to highlight those who helped with the rescue and recovery of survivors and victims.

Deanna Ryan-Meister, president of the Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada, said in an interview Saturday that it’s important for every Nova Scotian to remember the Titanic disaster.

“It’s honouring and remembering those who started their voyage with hope: hopes of good fortune, hopes of a good life… and then the change to such a tragic, tragic thing,” she said.

“Whole communities were affected.”

Halifax is home to the largest Titanic gravesite in the world, with 121 victims laid to rest in Fairview Lawn Cemetery. About 30 others are buried in two other cemeteries in the city.