Born in New York city. Charlie and his brother James lost their parents at a young age. Raised by their Grandmother, he attended catholic school through high school and graduated in the top 5 of his class. His brother was murdered so after high school Charlie began working on NY cities docks to support his Grandmother. It is there that developed a fascination with ships and sailing. He would often stay late after work when the ships were coming in. He always imagined where they had been and where they might be heading next. When his Grandmother passed when he was 21 Charlie enlisted in the Navy. His ship was following the coast South. Using what ever resources they could from abandoned civilian ships along the route. He is not sure what happened. It was night and he had just stepped out on deck for some air. He had been having trouble sleeping. There was a flash of light and an ear ringing noise. Next thing he remembers is being wet and cold and seeing a light far off in the distance.