It Started with a Kiss
Admittedly that kiss was between 52,321 tonnes of metal with the name Titanic and an iceberg.
What turned out to be one of the worst and most well known shipping disasters of the last millennium has led to one of the finest smoked salmon producers in the UK.
Joseph Hyman was a third class passenger on that ill fated ship, purely by luck he was told to get in and row collapsible life boat C, rowing wasn't for upper class people in those days unless it was Oxford verses Cambridge, so he survived the sinking. He was, along with the other survivors that he helped save, picked up by the Carpathia and taken to what was supposed to be his final destination New York.
The story doesn't stop there though. He still had family in Scotland so with a lot of persuasion along with copious amounts of alcohol he found himself reluctantly doing the return journey back to his family. He set up home in Manchester.
Joseph started a small deli business based on what he had seen in New York and developed the perfect recipe for smoked salmon. That recipe and expertise has been passed through the generations from father to son like a family heirloom, Joseph to Harry, Harry to Stanley, Stanley to Richard the 4th generation and current holder of the recipe.
Just tasting the smoked salmon shows that not everything associated with the Titanic was a disaster!