Last Titanic menu fetches 76,000 pounds
A menu of the last sumptuous meal served to first-class passengers on board the Titanic has fetched 76,000 pounds at an auction. It was among hundreds of items from the doomed ship auctioned in Wiltshire ahead of the 100th anniversary of its sinking.world Updated: Apr 01, 2012 19:51 IST
A menu of the last sumptuous meal served to first-class passengers on board the Titanic has fetched 76,000 pounds at an auction.
It was among hundreds of items from the doomed ship auctioned in Wiltshire ahead of the 100th anniversary of its sinking in the Atlantic Ocean.
The menu was dated April 14, 1912, the day the cruiser hit an iceberg and sank, killing 1,522 people.
It featured several courses, such as eggs Argenteuil, consomme fermier and chicken a la Maryland.
"It's a fascinating snapshot of life on board as a first-class passenger," auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said.
"What we have to consider is that the Titanic was regarded as the finest restaurant afloat and this does illustrate that point. There are over 40 different options for one lunch," Aldridge was quoted as saying by the BBC.
The menu was on the table of the first-class passenger Dr Washington Dodge, a prominent banker from San Francisco who was with his wife and son. The letter had been in Ruth Dodge's purse when she escaped on board a lifeboat.
She and her son survived the tragedy.
Other items sold at the auction included a set of keys for the storeroom where the ship's lifeboat lanterns were kept.
The keys, which were used by crewman Samuel Hemming, sold for 59,000 pounds to an American collector.
One letter auctioned off for 29,000 pounds to a UK collector was written by the second in command of the Titanic, Chief Officer Henry Wilde.
Wilde was deputy to Captain EJ Smith and died in the disaster.
In the letter to his family, written on Titanic letter-headed stationery, he praises the Titanic, describing her as a "wonderful ship the latest thing in shipbuilding".
The 269-metre-long Titanic steamed from Queenstown, Ireland, on April 11 toward New York, carrying more than 2,200 passengers and crew, was reportedly carrying more than 60,000 kilogrammes of meat and fish, 800 kilogrammes of ice cream.