October 25, 2016: Titanic reminds us of one of the most deadly maritime disasters in the modern history. A British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg killing more than 1500 people on April 15, 1912.
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On Saturday, Titanic memorabilia specialist, Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, sold some priceless items from the same doomed vessel at auction.
According to Press Association, “A small, corroded key for a locker on the Titanic has sold for £85,000 at auction.”
Sidney Sedunary, from Shirley, Southampton used the key, a third-class steward who lost his life in the tragedy.
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“The key, which is attached to a brass tag stamped Locker 14 F Deck, is believed to show Mr. Sedunary was on the F Deck the night the Titanic sank – despite the deck being flooded.”
The key was sent to his wife after his body was recovered and it remained with the family until this sale.
Other items included a postcard written by Jack Phillips, the ship’s chief wireless operator; it is sold for £19,000.
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Charles Lightoller, ship’s second officer’s letter fetched £34,000 at auction which says about his parting moments with the ship’s assistant surgeon, Dr. John Simpson.
“They were all perfectly calm in the knowledge that they had done their duty and were still assisting by showing a calm and cool exterior to the passengers. Each one individually came up to me and shook hands. We merely exchanged the words ‘goodbye, old man’. This occurred shortly before the end and I am not aware that he was seen by anyone after.”
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