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Press Trust Of India
London, April 27, 2014
A letter from two Titanic survivorsdescribing the "wonderful journey" onboard the ship, written just hours before the doomed liner hit an iceberg and sank in 1912, has sold for a record £119,000 at an auction. The letter was written by survivors Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva, hours before the ship hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on April 14 on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

The letter survived as it was in the pocket of Hart's husband's coat which he gave her to keep warm, the 'BBC News' reported.

In the letter meant for her mother in east London, Hart wrote that they were enjoying what she called the "wonderful' journey".

Hart's husband Benjamin died along with more than 1,500 people in the disaster.

The letter, which was auctioned at Henry Aldridge & Son of Devizes on Saturday, fetched £119,000 , which the auctioneers said was a new world record for a Titanic letter.

"It's very rare because it's a letter that's written on board Titanic, which makes it exceptional," said auctioneer Andrew Aldridge.

"But what rises it to the absolute top of the pile is it's the only letter known that was written on Sunday 14 April, so the day the ship hit the iceberg," said Aldridge.

The letter, embossed with the White Star Line flag, is headed "On Board RMS Titanic" and dated "Sunday afternoon".

In the letter, Hart describes being sick the day before and unable to eat or drink, adding she had since recovered and had been to a church service that morning, the report said.

Writing about the stability of the ship, which was not supposed to roll, Hart mentioned in the letter: "Anyhow it rolls enough for me, I shall never forget it." "Well, the sailors say we have had a wonderful passage up to now. There has been no tempest, but God knows what it must be when there is one," she wrote.