Titanic survivor's papers in legal battle

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BOSTON -- Five years after Frank J. Goldsmith died his wife found a manuscript describing the sinking of the Titanic stored with his personal papers in their Ohio home.

That 1987 discovery ultimately resulted in a legal battle between Goldsmith's heirs and the Titanic Historical Society in Springfield, Mass. Goldsmith didn't write a fictional account. He was one of the survivors of the 1912 disaster that claimed 1,500 lives, including that of his own father.

Put on a lifeboat with his mother, nine-year-old Goldsmith watched as his father remained on the ship, calling out, "So long, Frankie. I'll see you later."

The society has filed a federal lawsuit against Goldsmith's three sons, asking a judge to give the organization the legal right to sell a book based on Goldsmith's life.

The society bases the request on permission given by Goldsmith's wife for the sale of copies of her husband's manuscript at a 1988 convention.

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