Hi Peggy and Mark Scheerlinck,we are students from Belgium and we are searching for information about Jean Scheerlinck for our examination. Do you have information or pictures about him? can you pleas send it to us? you can contact us at this adress: [email protected]
Jean Scheerlinck had a series of strange ups and downs in his life, including being a Titanic survivor. He was a farmer from Haalert, Belgium and according to his ET bio, had problems with his stepfather and left home. Accompanied by his friend and farmer colleague Philemon van Melckebeke, Scheerlinck boarded the Titanic in Southampton; they were joined by fellow Belgian farmers Jules Sap and Theodor de Mulder. All four were travelling Third Class and headed for the sugar plantation near Detroit.
His friend Melcklebeke died in the sinking but Scheerlinck survived, as did Sap and de Mulder. Left with no money on arrival in America, they reportedly joined a travelling show but the owner gypped them out of their fees and disappeared. Eventually, Scheerlinck received $400 from the Red Cross and returned to his Belgian hometown Haaltert to find that his stepfather had left home. He initially lived with his mother and siblings but later married and raised a family.
What I found most interesting was that the publicans in Haaltert offered him free drinks because he regaled locals with his Titanic experiences. Apparently, he never had to pay for his drink all his life!