NJ grave of Titanic hero finally gets a headstone

It is a new chapter, a new twist of fate in the century-old story of the Titanic. It is an honor for Robert Hopkins, a hero and survivor of the doomed ship who rested in an unmarked grave at the Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City for 73 years until now.

The new polished black granite headstone was made possible by the Titanic International Society and the Archdiocese of Newark, which gave Hopkins's family a new perspective on their loved one.

As the Titanic was sinking and desperate rescue efforts were underway, Hopkins -- the able-bodied seaman -- was assigned to lifeboat 13, helping save the lives of more than 130 people. Two of them also happen to be buried at the same cemetery in Jersey City: Elizabeth Dowdell and Bridgett McDermott.

A total of five survivors are buried at the cemetery. Titanic Society president Chris Haas says it is fitting they will rest together.

The family says their grandfather and father didn't talk about the story of what happened. Now they're able to share it for generations.

The story of survival is part of this legend that lives on.

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