The first casualty of the Titanic was not a passenger, as many would believe.
Samuel Scott, 15, the first person to have died because of the unlucky vessel as he dove to his death while building the ship in 1910, is finally being honored with a proper headstone.
The teenager is set to get a gravestone a century after he suffered a skull fracture on April 20, 1910. His body was placed in an unmarked grave at Belfast City Cemetery but the new headstone will be revealed Saturday.
There will be an unveiling ceremony hosted by DUP MLA of East Belfast Sammy Douglas, who will give a speech about the importance of shipbuilding to the people of that area. Former Belfast Lord Mayor Tom Hartley will also be present at the site, reported the Herald.
Scott is believed to be the first death connected to the glorious Titanic and one of about eight that died during the ship’s manufacture. His gravestone ceremony follows the release of a children’s novel titled “Spirit of the Titanic” in which the boy is used as the central character in the story.
The book follows the ghost as it travels through the ship following characters like Edward Smith, the vessel’s captain.
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Nicola Pierce, the author of the children’s book said, "Samuel had a special mission, he stuck around. Nobody knows he is there, it is like a ghost, he just feels very tied to the Titanic."
Pierce also said that children love the book because of the Titanic well-known history, and she will read excerpts from the book at the ceremony, which will take place midday.
The Titanic made its first voyage in 1912, but 1,500 people’s lives were lost when it sank after crashing into an iceberg.
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