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“The World’s Most Valuable Biscuit”: A Stale Old Cracker from the RMS Titanic Just Sold in Auction for $23,000

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Photo: Henry Aldridge & Son.

James Fenwick, a passenger on the SS Carpathia, which came to the Titanic‘s aid, slipped the 103-year-old biscuit into a Kodak photographic envelope with a note: “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912.”

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This Was The Titanic‘s Last Lunch Menu, and It Just Sold for $88,000

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This 103-year-old piece of paper, dated April 14, 1912 does not show the standard fare for the ship, but the first class dining menu on the ship’s fateful day. Photo credit: Lion Heart Autographs.

The menu belonged to a wealthy passenger by the name of Abraham Lincoln Salomon, who managed to find a place aboard the roomy, lucky first life raft, dubbed the money boat–it could have held 40, but was deployed with only 12 passengers. Story has it that the wealthy passengers persuaded the crew, perhaps with a bribe, to row away from the sinking Titanic before others could get aboard.

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Titanic’s Screws

The reciprocating engines turned the outer wing propellers both at 23ft in diameter, and the single turbine turned the center propeller which was 16ft in diameter. Titanic and Olympic were called triple screw steamers because of the three propellers.

*Jmilfordrmstitanic via Mudwerks*

The Titanic‘s Centennial Auction: Want to Buy a Piece of Her Hull?

Titanic survivors approach the rescue ship, the Carpathia on April 15, 1912.

As the centennial of the R.M.S. Titanic’s sinking approaches, a trove of artifacts from her sinking are being offered to the public through auction in the next coming months.

Along with the debris left floating behind in the weeks following the sinking of the great leviathan, many other artifacts have resurfaced from private collections too, including photographs, original deck plans for the ship, and a broken music box that fashion writer Edith Russel clung to throughout her time on the liferaft. There are also a few things that will not be sold, said an owner of Heritage, a British auction house:

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HMS Friday – Titan, Titanic, No, Wait… Titanian

The sinking of the Titanic in April of 1912 is probably the most famous shipwreck of all time. The romantic pairing of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett in the movie rendition helped to cement its notoriety.

For real Titanic buffs, the sinking of the Titan in 1898, though entirely fictional, is equally memorable for the remarkable similarities to the real sinking of the Titanic.

But to dig even deeper and complete the bizarre trinity, consider the near-shipwreck of the Titanian in 1935, also in April, also in the North Atlantic. Unlike the fictional Titan or the real Titanic, the Titanian was able to avoid colliding with icebergs because of the watchful eye of lookout William Reeves, who remarkably enough, was born on April 15, 1912… the day the Titanic sunk.

To back the story up a bit, let’s lay out the well-documented similarities between the Titan and the Titanic…

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The Titanic, Scanned

Dave Gallo and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute are launching an expedition to create a precise 3d scan of the Titanic before it deteriorates further. Previous trips to the ship. Previous trips have been for “exploration or adventure” but this trip is archeological in nature, meant to scan the ship’s entirety using robots with cameras and sonar, including the remaining estimated 40-50% that has never been seen before. [Expedition Titanic via Reuters]