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Letter Found on Titanic Victim's Body Sells for $166K

1st-class passenger wrote wrote letter to mom the day before the ship sank

(Newser) - A letter written by one of the Titanic's passengers a day before the ship sank has sold for $166,000 at an auction in England, reports the AP . The handwritten note, on embossed Titanic stationery, was penned by first class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson on April 13, 1912—the... More »

'Most Important Letter Written on Titanic' to Be Sold

It was recovered from a doomed passenger's body

(Newser) - Alexander Oskar Holverson penned a letter to his mother on Titanic stationery on April 13, 1912, apparently intending to mail it upon the doomed ship's arrival in New York. Instead, the saltwater-stained letter was found in a pocketbook when the first-class passenger's body was recovered from the Atlantic... More »

He Could've Escaped the Titanic. Instead He Died a Hero

Sante Righini gave up his seat in a lifeboat

(Newser) - Like 1,500 others, Sante Righini went down with the Titanic on April 15, 1912. But his was a heroic end, his sister explained at his funeral. The 28-year-old Italian-born man—who boarded the ship in France alongside the wealthy widow who employed him as a manservant in Manhattan—had... More »

Patrol Tasked With Saving Ships Issues Iceberg Warning

Some 450 icebergs were floating near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland

(Newser) - An unusually large swarm of icebergs has drifted into North Atlantic shipping lanes over the past week, forcing vessels to slow to a crawl or take massive detours. Experts tell the AP that unusually strong counter-clockwise winds are drawing the icebergs south, with the US Coast Guard's International Ice... More »

Trips to Titanic Begin in 2018

London company to begin upscale expeditions to the wreck off Canada

(Newser) - With large-scale commercial trips to the moon still a ways off, what's a well-heeled traveler seeking adventure to do? A London outfit is proposing the bottom of the sea. Blue Marble Private will begin expeditions to the resting place of the Titanic in May 2018. Groups of nine people... More »

Documentary Claims Fire Was Part of Titanic's Undoing

Senan Molony presents his theory

(Newser) - It's a tale of fire and ice, but this one involves the UK's Channel 4, not HBO. The documentary Titanic: The New Evidence aired Sunday, and it puts forth the theory that the ship was handicapped before it even encountered the iceberg that sent it to its doom.... More »

Kate Winslet: Yeah, Leo Could Have Fit on Titanic Board

Actress admits to Jimmy Kimmel that Rose could have saved Jack

(Newser) - Kate Winslet has finally addressed a concern some Titanic fans have probably had for years: Why did her character, Rose, let Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Jack, die when there was clearly a door floating in the ocean that was large enough for both of them to ride to rescue? "... More »

'Secret Fraternity' May Have Scuttled Titanic Inquiry

Freemasons played big role in investigation, says 'Telegraph'

(Newser) - Britain's official Titanic inquiry has already been called a "whitewash"—but was it a conspiracy of Freemasons? A recently revealed list of two million Freemasons shows that members of their fraternity played a big role in the controversial investigation, the Telegraph reports. On the list are John... More »

Someone Just Paid $23K for a Cracker

A 103-year-old biscuit survived the Titanic

(Newser) - A Greek investor is now the proud owner of "the [world's] most expensive biscuit" —a 103-year-old cracker that survived the sinking of the Titanic, Mashable reports. The Spillers and Bakers Pilot biscuit, which made its way into a survival kit on one of the lifeboats that April... More »

Photo, Note About Titanic Iceberg Emerge

They're both going up for auction

(Newser) - A photo of what could be history's deadliest iceberg is up for auction after spending nearly a century on a wall in the offices of the law firm that represented the Titanic's owners. There are other photos in existence of the iceberg believed to have sunk the huge... More »

Items Tied to Titanic's Millionaire's Lifeboat Are Sold

A last lunch menu fetched $88K at auction

(Newser) - The Titanic's last lunch menu, saved by a first-class passenger who climbed aboard a lifeboat whose crew was said to have been bribed to row away instead of rescue more people, sold at auction for $88,000 on Wednesday. New York's Lion Heart Autographs offered the menu and... More »

Letter by 'Titanic's Coward' Goes Up for Auction

Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon was accused of leaving women, children behind

(Newser) - At the time, he was accused of cowardice during the sinking of the Titanic. Now a letter by Scottish landowner Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon—in which he defends himself against an "unjust inquiry"—is headed for the auction block and is expected to rake in more than $6,000,... More »

The Way the Titanic Is Treated May Be About to Change

30 years after it was found, Canada is poised to claim ownership

(Newser) - It's been more than 100 years since the Titanic sank in 1912. Yet it wasn't until Sept. 1, 1985—30 years ago yesterday—that Robert Ballard famously found it, submerged more than two miles deep and 380 miles southeast of Newfoundland. In a special interview with National Geographic... More »

Titanic Composer Killed in Plane Crash

James Horner wrote scores for more than 100 films

(Newser) - Oscar-winning film score composer James Horner was killed when his small plane crashed in California yesterday, his assistant has confirmed. "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent," his assistant wrote on Facebook , per the New York Daily News . "He died doing... More »

'One of Rarest Types of Titanic Collectible' Is Sold

Deckchair recovered from the Atlantic sells for $150K

(Newser) - After the Titanic hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912, the Mackay-Bennett was dispatched from Halifax to the scene to recover bodies; it pulled 306 corpses from the water, and ended up carrying 190 of them back to Canada. But according the the ship's logs, it also brought something... More »

Sunken Nazi Sub Slumbers Off Louisiana Coast

And a camera captures incredible images of the German U-boat

(Newser) - Many never knew how close German U-boats came to US soil during World War II, but new high-def footage reveals several wrecks on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Ballard, known for discovering the Titanic, is now mapping some of these wrecks, including the SS Robert E. Lee... More »

Study Sinks One Titanic Iceberg Theory

1912 wasn't a year packed with huge crop of icebergs

(Newser) - The year the Titanic sank wasn't one with "an enormously large crop of icebergs" as has long been believed, according to new research. Researchers who analyzed Coast Guard data going back to 1900 found that 1912 had a relatively large but by no means exceptional number of icebergs... More »

Titanic's 'Last Letter' Going Up for Auction

Letter was written on day before ship sank, never sent

(Newser) - On the afternoon of Sunday, April 14, 1912, Esther Hart wrote a letter to her mother back in London. In it, she described being too sick to eat the day prior, but having felt better and attending a church service that morning—on board the RMS Titanic, which sunk early... More »

Maid's Letter Gives New Look at Titanic's Final Moments

Emotional account describes bravery of those who died

(Newser) - An as-yet-unverified letter unveiled by a Reddit user could shed new light on the dark tale of the Titanic. The letter was apparently written by Rose Amelie Icard, the longest-living French survivor of the disaster, in 1955, the Telegraph reports. It offers her personal and harrowing account of the ship'... More »

Titanic-Sinking Glacier Hits Record Speed

Greenland ice movement is bad news for sea levels

(Newser) - The glacier that spawned the iceberg that sank the Titanic isn't deliberately trying to send thousands more people to watery graves—but it couldn't be doing much better if it was. Researchers say that as the Arctic warms, Greenland's Jakobshavn glacier has become the fastest-moving glacier in... More »

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