A child shoes

A pair of Shoes which belonged to an unidentified baby boy aged approx 2 years who was recovered with bodies of the victims.

NO. 4. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 2. - HAIR, FAIR. CLOTHING - Grey coat with fur on collar and cuffs; brown serge frock; Brown Petticoat; flannel garment; pink woollen singlet; brown shoes and stockings.

No one ever claimed the baby's body. This very young boy, recovered by the crew of Mackay-Bennett, was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax

All that remains of this child are these shoes. A memorial full of pathos.

Oral History of the shoes

Clarence Northover, a Halifax Police Department Sergeant in 1912, helped guard the bodies and belongings of the Titanic victims.

“Clothing was burned to stop souvenir hunters but he was too emotional when he saw the little pair of brown, leather shoes about fourteen centimeters long, and didn’t have the heart to burn them. When no relatives came to claim the shoes, he placed them in his desk drawer at the police station and there they remained for the next six years, until he retired in 1918.”

Excerpt from July 26, 2002 letter by Earle Northover, grandson of Clarence Northover.

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Nova Scotia.

On the Titanic Shoes: Curatorial Remarks


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