|Death: ||Sep. 8, 1934|
VICTIM OF THE S.S. MORRO CASTLE FIRE.
Mervyn Bregstein, 8 years old. 7825 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. Father, Dr. S. Joseph Bregstein (1899-1972) who survived the fire entrusted him to a shipboard acquaintance named "Florence" who attempted to swim with Mervyn to one of the rescue ships and failed. Mervyn had reddish brown hair, freckles, and brown eyes, and was wearing pajamas, a top coat and a rain slicker at the time of his death. Student at PS 185, Brooklyn.
Mervyn Bregstein's mother, Ethel, died at age 29. His father, Dr. S. Joseph Bregstein, intended on remarrying, and took Mervyn on the Morro Castle voyage to discuss the coming marriage.
The voyage was not a pleasant one. A disgruntled waiter put a nail in Mervyn's food. Dr. Bregstein thought the Morro Castle was mediocre and rather dull. The hoped for father-son talk never took place.
They were awakened on the night of September 8th by Miss Jane Adams, who pounded on the door of cabin 301 and called to them that the ship was on fire. Dr. Bregstein took the time to dress Mervyn in a yellow rain slicker before they set off for the lifeboats. Neither took a life preserver.
The Bregsteins found water sloshing in their hallway, from a dropped fire hose. The stairs to the lifeboats were blocked by fire, and so they walked aft. As they crossed the upper level of the dining room, the electricity failed.
Witnesses, including Dr. Bregstein, remembered Mervyn asking Cruise Director Smith, who wore a life jacket, where he could get one, and being told ‘Stick by your father.'
[Compiled by Jim Kalafus and Marty Oppenheim]
Created by: Dan Scott
Record added: Jul 14, 2010
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