Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fact of the Day: Fear of Oceans

Ben Franklin spent many years in Europe way before his role as Minister to Sweden, and Minister to France. His wife Deborah Read Franklin was afraid of ocean travel, so she chose to remain in America. She claimed her illness was due to his absence. She died of a stroke in 1774 while Franklin was in England.

15 comments:

Pilar Domínguez said...

I saw a film about his life once.Very interesting.Kisses:)

Aunt Mary said...

Interesting but sad true story.

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Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Her illness sounds like a broken heart. :(

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

He is quite an interesting character!

Em-Musing said...

Hmm? She should have been more afraid of dying alone without her husband. And that's my motto...don't let fear rule your life.

MEcoy said...

afraid of the ocean travel huh
too bad for her

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah fear can sure be a fickle thing, too bad she didn't realize that.

Dana said...

That's sad.

A Beer for the Shower said...

My wife always says she'd truly die without me, and sometimes I think she means it. Can't tell if creeped out or flattered.

Christine said...

interesting fact!

Caramella said...

Never knew that, thank you for sharing. The sea is quite a mystery...it is so beautiful but quite unpredictable indeed!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

A fear of ocean travel in those days definitely relegated you to your side of the "pond"

Winnie said...

I'd be scared of the ocean too if I was alive in 1774!

Al Penwasser said...

Yeah, I'm thinking a fear of ocean travel was kind of a bummer 129 years before the airplane was invented.