As a child growing up in Beirut, Lebanon, Josyann Abisaab had heard the story of her great grandfather who died on the Titanic. She was also told that he was buried in Halifax, Canada. But, as the Titanic’s 100th anniversary approached, she wanted to learn more. Why was her ancestor traveling on the Titanic, who were his travel companions, how did he live his last moments, how was his body recovered, why was he buried in Halifax? Through her research and readings, supplemented by her visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 14-15, 2012, she discovered interesting stories about her great grandfather’s life and tragic death.
Recognizing the universal impact of ancestral legacy and the power of history, she elected to share her stories with interested readers. This blog will hopefully shed light not only on her family’s history, but also on the numerous struggles and hardships of Lebanese immigrants.