Titanic News for 27 Oct 2011

1.  Titanic Victim Sent Last Message In Bottle (26 Oct 1011, Belfast Telegraph)
Jeremiah Burke didn’t have time to write a lengthy farewell. In the early hours of April 15, 1912, as the Titanic sank into the North Atlantic, a 19-year-old from Glanmire, in Cork, put his short note into a holy water bottle given to him a few days earlier by his mother at the quayside in Cobh and threw it overboard. “From Titanic, goodbye all, Burke of Glanmire, Cork,” it simply said. The teenager drowned along with 1,517 others.

2. Son In Step With Titanic Memory (25 Oct 2011, BBC News)
John Flynn’s grandfather, also called John, was a joiner who worked on the original staircase. It was one of the most spectacular sights on board the most famous ship to sail from Belfast. However, Mr Flynn did not talk about the staircase often. His grandson said: “I think at that time the workers would have felt deflated and let down to see their craftsmanship at the bottom of the sea.”

3. Auctioned Photos Show The Salvage Of The Titanic (24 Oct 2011,Popular Photography Magazine)
Earlier this month, auction house Weiss Auctions sold of an incredible lot of memorabilia from the disaster, including the photos above and below.  Pegged at being worth between $50,000 and $75,000, the price was realized but not disclosed, and the archive came from the descendants of two survivors of the wreck, John and Nelle Pillsbury Snyder. The pair were quick to evacuate while others didn’t believe the seriousness of the situation, and so were on one of the early life boats which was not fully loaded with passengers.