Friday January 24, 2020

Small Corroded Locker Key from Titanic Fetches £85,000 at Auction

Sidney Sedunary, from Shirley, Southampton used the key, a third-class steward who lost his life in the tragedy

Titanic at the docks. Wikimedia

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.”

-by NewsGram team

  • Antara

    The Titanic keeps stunning the world! A handsome price indeed, for a key from the famous ship!

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?