Lot 247: R.M.S. CARPATHIA/TITANIC/BERENGARIA: Unique and exceptional 'Comm
Titanic & Travel Memorabilia
22 October 2016
Devizes, United Kingdom
Description: R.M.S. CARPATHIA/TITANIC/BERENGARIA: Unique and exceptional 'Commodore' sign belonging to Cmmdr Arthur H. Rostron, rescuer of the Titanic survivors, taken from his personal quarters in the Berengaria and presented to him on his retirement. Also a limited edition fine art print drawing of Captain Rostron when Master of his final ship, Berengaria, in 1926 - the year he was knighted by King George V. Provenance: From the collection of Captain Rostron's friends, Louis and Augusta Ogden, passengers on the Carpathia during the Titanic rescue, and thence by direct descent. The sign is labeled 'Commodore' in gold lettering and measures 12ins. x 3ins. Rostron sketch print 9ins. x 11½ins. Rostron wrote in his 1931 autobiography Home From the Sea: I found the Berengaria the most comfortable ship I had ever been in… for over four years I had command of this splendid vessel and on August 1st, 1928, I had the honour of being appointed Commodore of the Cunard Fleet. It was the top of my particular ladder and, as I climb down, tuck it away in the garden shed… (p. 21). Rare opportunity to acquire the only tangible evidence of the appointment Rostron considered his highest personal honour, despite the famed award of a Loving Cup, Congressional gold medal, the Legion D'Honneur and scores of other forms of international recognition.