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Lot 232: R.M.S. TITANIC: Chief Officer Henry Wilde Archive. The final lett

Titanic & Travel Memorabilia

by Henry Aldridge & Son

22 October 2016

Devizes, United Kingdom

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Description: R.M.S. TITANIC: Chief Officer Henry Wilde Archive. The final letter Henry Wilde wrote from the Olympic before he left for the Titanic. Written on the 31st March 1912, Wilde describes how he was to be given command of the Cymric but is disappointed not be taking it and is being transferred to the Titanic. He says he is awfully disappointed to find the arrangements for my taking command of the Cymric have altered . I am now going to join the Titanic until some other ship turns up for me . He talks of how Titanic arrives on Wednesday and sails on the 10th April. He says that White Star are paying £2 tonne for coal which is a big price as Titanic uses 900 ton per day. The letter is handwritten over 4 sides on Olympic stationery and signed Harry. It is without doubt one of the finest Titanic-related letters, written by one of the liner's most senior officers on Olympic stationery. This lot reveals previously unknown details and shows Wilde's obvious disappointment in being transferred to Titanic.

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