White Star Line Letter Uncovered;Apologizes For Lost Wine

White Star Line letter to Berry Bros and Rudd, 16 April 1912
Photo: Tom Harrison/Solent News

According to Daily Mail, a recently uncovered letter from White Star Line apologizes for losing a wine delivery due to Titanic sinking. The later, dated 16 April 1912, apologizes to Berry Bros and Rudd for losing 69 cases of its wine.

Dear Sirs, referring to your shipment by this steamer, it is with great regret we have to inform you that the ‘Titanic’ foundered at 2.20am 15th instant, after colliding with an iceberg, and is a total loss. Details of shipment are shown at foot. Yours faithfully, for White Star Line.

A framed copy of the letter now hangs at Berry Bros and Rudd in London while the original is in a safe. A sales ledger from 1909-1912 confirms the wines were aboard Titanic and that a replacement shipment was sent out after the sinking.

Source: Titanic Shipping Firm’s Letter Apologising For Losing 69 Cases Of Wine When The Doomed Liner Hit An Iceberg Is Uncovered After More Than A Century (Daily Mail, 30 Sept 2018)
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6223913/Titanic-shipping-firms-letter-apologising-losing-69-cases-wine-uncovered.html

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