An unusual trial took place in March 1916 at the naval court in the English city of Liverpool. Charles Dun, a sailor of the British Navy, was charged with a serious crime: he did not appear on his ship by the time he sailed, and, accordingly, was recognized as a deserter.
According to the laws of wartime, the accused was facing a very harsh punishment: up to ten years in hard labor. But Charles Dunn gave quite weighty arguments in his defense. The defendant stated that he, as a law-abiding warrior, had appeared on his ship at the appointed time. But his crewmates greeted him with abuse and threats. Moreover, when Charles tried to get on the ship, he was told that they would immediately throw the poor fellow overboard as soon as his foot touched the deck.
Dong explained the reasons for such a hostile attitude of his comrades towards him. The sailor was accused of bringing misfortune. With every ship where Charles Dune had served before, something was bound to happen. Charles for 18 years went first on civil, and then on military ships and 54 times got into shipwrecks. It often happened that Dong remained the only survivor of the entire crew of a shipwrecked ship. No wonder no one wanted to go on a voyage with a sailor with such a rich track record.
In support of his testimony, Charles provided numerous documents. Several witnesses were questioned, who unanimously argued that Doon's presence on the ship was a direct road to disaster.
The Liverpool Naval Court finds itself in a difficult situation: can superstition be considered a valid reason for an acquittal? After a lengthy consultation, the judges admitted that Charles Dune could not get on the ship through no fault of his own, and therefore he could not be considered a deserter. All charges were dropped from the sailor.
No less interesting is the fate of Jessop Violet - stewardesses of ocean liners. She also managed to survive several major sea disasters. In 1911, she was aboard the Olympic liner, which collided with the cruiser Hawk. A year later, she was able to survive after the sinking of the Titanic. And in 1916, the ship "Britannica", on which Violett served as a nurse, was blown up by a German mine. The girl managed to get to the lifeboat. The boat was pulled under the screw of the sinking ship, 21 people died, but fate was favorable to Violet. She died only at the age of 83 from heart failure.