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Titanic items to be sold at auction – 2

She later became famous for surviving the disaster, and was known after her death as ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown,’ celebrated in the 1960 Broadway musical of the same name.

Bobby Livingston, vice president at RR Auction, said: ‘The Loving Cup is one of the most valuable pieces of Titanic memorabilia in private possession today.’

The official enquiry by the British Wreck Commissioner into the sinking of the Titanic was convened in London on May 2, 1912, and presided over by High Court Judge Lord Mersey.

Spanning over two months, Lord Mersey, lawyers, experts in shipbuilding and marine law questioned and listened to testimony from over 100 witnesses.

Concluding on July 3, 1912, the final report was issued on July 30, stating that the sinking was the result of the ship’s collision with the iceberg – not due to any design flaws with the ship – and the collision had been brought about by excessive speed in icy waters.

The report stopped short of condemning White Star’s Captain Smith for the accident.

Along with the American hearings, the British enquiry would result in several safety changes including 24 hour manned radios, distress rockets, ice patrols and sufficient lifeboats on board each ship.

The original building plan was discovered at the old Cunard Line office, which merged with White Star Line in 1934.

Originally sold in London in 1987, it then went on display at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

It was then offered at auction, at which time it became a part of a distinguished private collection. It has since been on display at the Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri.

Postcard from the Titanic

Postcard from the Titanic

Mr Livingston said: ‘Items of this magnitude used in the official inquiry are virtually unobtainable, this being one of only two plans that have ever come to market.’

Another item to be sold at the auction is what is thought to be the last postcard Titanic hero Jack Phillips ever wrote before he set sail on the doomed voyage, never to return.

Written on board the ‘Unsinkable Ship’ as it waited in port, it is a note of affection from a brother to his sister, letting her know he is safe and well.

The Titanic launch

The Titanic launch

The card, which has a photograph of the Titanic on its front, reads: ‘Thanks very much for your letter. Having glorious weather, went to Cowes yesterday. Will write later before we sail. Love all, Jack.’

Dated April 2 1912 Phillips, a maritime operator, added in the address panel, ‘Miss Elsie Phillips, 11 Farncombe St., Godalming.’

Other objects to be put up for sale include survivors’ belongings, a fragment from the Titanic’s grand staircase, and copies of newspapers which published front page reports about the catastrophe, including the New York Times, The Illustrated London News and The New York Evening Post.

RR said it expects the auction to earn between $700,000 (£422,000) and $1million (£603,000).

Titanic items to be sold at auction – 1

This is the chilling hand-drawn building plan of the RMS Titanic that was used to describe how the ‘unsinkable’ ship met its fate.

The design, prepared exclusively for the official British enquiry, features a number of illustrations showing why the luxury liner sank after striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912.

It is among hundreds of artifacts linked to the doomed ship to be sold at auction later this month.

The original cross section and building plan, drawn to a scale of 1/32 inches to one foot, is rubber stamped by manufacturers Harland and Wolff, with a handwritten date of May 1, 1912.

It was used to demonstrate to the world what had happened just before midnight on April 14 when the largest passenger ship ever assembled struck an iceberg – sparking the biggest maritime disaster in peacetime.

Among its most remarkable features are a hand-drawn gash in the side of the ship at Boiler 6, where the iceberg hit, and extensions drawn over the watertight bulkheads that were not built high enough for such an occurrence.

It clearly shows why the ‘unsinkable’ ship succumbed to a direct hit that night in the ice fields of the North Atlantic, claiming the lives of more than 1,500 people.

The location allowed water to enter the ship right at the point at which she could no longer stay afloat.

Plan of the Titanic

Plan of the Titanic

The plan is one of around 240 Titanic-themed objects to be put on sale by RR Auction in Boston, Massachusetts – which specialises in documents, manuscripts and historic artifacts – more than a century after the doomed liner sank.

The collection includes a sterling silver ‘Loving Cup’ presented to Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia by Titanic survivor Margaret ‘Molly’ Brown.

A dedication engraved on the front reads: ‘In grateful recognition and appreciation of his heroic and efficient service in the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic on April 15th 1912, and of the generous and sympathetic treatment he accorded us on his ship. From the Survivors of the Titanic.’

The cup has the highest starting price – and is expected to fetch more than $200,000 (£120,500) at auction.

The Titanic

The Titanic

Brown, a wealthy American socialite, boarded the Titanic as a first class passenger at Cherbourg, France, the vessel’s first stop after leaving Southampton.

Five days later, when the mammoth ship struck the iceberg, she unselfishly leapt into action and loaded others into the lifeboats, willing to face the chilling danger of the deep to save as many people as possible.

She was eventually put into lifeboat six, where she helped to keep spirits up as they awaited an unknown fate.