The Titanic (right) and the SS City of New York come “within an ace” of colliding with each other in Southampton as the Titanic departed on her fateful maiden voyage, 10 April 1912.
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A letter written by one of the Titanic crew to his wife a few days before the doomed liner sank in the icy waters of the North Atlantic ocean is at the auction in the united kingdom
Titanic steward, Richard Geddes wrote the letter to his wife, Sarah (Sal), the day after the famous ship from the port of Southampton, united kingdom, on April 10, 1912. The letter describes a near-collision with another ship, the SS City of New York. The two ships reportedly came within a few feet of each other as the Titanic left Southampton docks on her maiden voyage.
“My dearest Sal, We got to yesterday after a lot of effort,” Geddes wrote. “As we were passing the New York and Oceanic, the New York broke her ropes and almost ran into us, but we happen to avoid a collision.”
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The letter is written by Geddes to his wife.
(Henry Aldridge and Son)
The incident was seen by some as a bad omen and a sign of problems, according to the Encyclopedia Titanica.
A collision would have prevented the ill-fated liner trans-atlantic journey to New York. Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm the ship on 14 April 1912, and sank just over two hours later. Geddes, along with 1500 others, perished in the disaster.
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“I hope that you are feeling good and not worrying,” Geddes continued, in the poignant letter to his wife. “I’m with a good feeling. With fondest love and kisses to my dear wife and kiddies. Your affectionate husband Dick xxxxx”
Richard Geddes was 31 when he died during the disaster. (Henry Aldridge and Son)
The letter was mailed from Queenstown, Ireland, when the Titanic picked up passengers there on 11 April 1912.
The artifact is sold with the original envelope, an official document in which Geddes’ “supposed death” on the sea and photos of the sailor and his wife.
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“It is a special letter on many levels, in the first place was written on board the Titanic, it has the envelope, it also contains a lot of official paperwork relating to Mr Geddes, and finally, the content is good, the description of the near miss that Titanic almost suffered that would have changed history,” auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told Fox News, via e-mail.
Geddes wrote the letter to his wife, Sarah, just a few days before his death. (Henry Aldridge and Son)
The party, which will be auctioned by Henry Aldridge and Son on April 27, has a pre-sale estimate of $155,885 $233,827.
More than 100 years after the Titanic is sinking, the disaster is still a source of fascination.
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An official document in which Geddes “supposed death” on the Titanic. (Henry Aldridge and Son)
In 2017, a sea-stained letter recovered from the body of a Titanic victim, was sold at auction for $166,000.
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The Titanic leaving Southampton on 10 April 1912. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
In 2016, the sextant used by the captain of the rescue ship Carpathia sold for less than $97,000. A year earlier, a cup presented to the captain by Titanic survivor Molly Brown and the Carpathia captain sold for $200,000.
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