There is a WW2 connection here, bear with me! Charles Herbert Lightoller was born in March 1874. At the age of 13, he went to sea, eventually ending up in 1900 as an employee of the White Star Line. He served as Second Officer on the Titanic, and was only saved because one of the funnels falling into the water washed him up against on overturned life raft. He was the most senior-ranking crew member to have survived the disaster. When the Great War started, he was commissioned in to the Royal Navy as a Lieutenant, and served aboard the Oceanic, which had been converted to an armed merchant cruiser. He was then given his own command, first on torpedo boats, then in command of his own destroyer. He ended the war with the rank of Commander. At the age of 66, he took his small motor launch across the Channel to assist in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk. Few of us get to witness history in the making, let alone be involved in that historice event, even once. He did it three times! He was one heck of a man!