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Echoes in the Night
The Frankie Goldsmith Story
They called him Frankie from the time he was born in Strood, Kent, England, the first son of Frank and Emily Goldsmith. He was 9 years old when his parents decided to move to the United States.
The Goldsmith family boarded Titanic in Southampton, England as Third Class passengers. They were stunned by the size and magnificence of the ship. Titanic was a fantastic playground to Frankie. For four days he busied himself exploring the ship, climbing the baggage cranes and wandering up to First Class decks to observe the rich at play, and down to the restricted boiler rooms to watch burly stokers and firemen at work.
When the ship struck the iceberg the Goldsmiths made their way to the boat deck. Frankie and his mother were placed in a lifeboat, but his father remained on deck.
Frankie later recalled: “My dad reached down and patted me on the shoulder and said, ‘So long, Frankie, I’ll see you later.’” Frankie and his mother were saved, and after arriving in New York, traveled to relatives in Detroit, Michigan. They moved into a home near the newly opened Navin Field, home of the Detroit Tigers. Every time the crowd cheered during a home run, the sound reminded Frankie of the screams of doomed passengers and crew.
Frankie married in 1926, and he and his wife, Victoria, had three sons. Frankie never took his boys to a baseball game. He served as a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force Photographic Division during World War II. After the war, he brought his family to Ashland, Ohio where he opened a photography supply store. Later he wrote an autobiography entitled Echoes in the Night: Memories of a Titanic Survivor.
Frankie Goldsmith, Jr. died at his home in 1982 at the age of 79. After his death, on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, his ashes were scattered at sea, over the Titanic wreck site, reuniting him for all time with his cherished father.
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