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Last Titanic letter sells for record £119,000
PTI
London, April 27, 2014
First Published: 15:25 IST(27/4/2014)
Last Updated: 15:31 IST(27/4/2014)
In this April 10, 1912, file photo, the liner Titanic leaves Southampton, England on her maiden voyage. Nearly 100 years after the Titanic went down, a cruise with the same number of passengers aboard is setting sail to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise is set to depart from Southampton, where the Titanic left on its maiden voyage. (AP Photo)

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.


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