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    Sale 2073

    Ocean Liner

    25 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 75

    A Marconi gram sent to Miss Elizabeth Walton Allen after being rescued by the R.M.S. Carpathia from the wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic

    APRIL 17, 1912

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    A Marconi gram sent to Miss Elizabeth Walton Allen after being rescued by the R.M.S. Carpathia from the wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic
    April 17, 1912
    written on a Marconi gram form and laid down on a piece of rag paper (marked 177) with three (3) small holes at one end; with the following: stamped "17 APR 1912" (2x) and "CARPATHIA" with St Louis in script, and addressed to: "Miss E.W. Allen - Carpathia"-"Have wired Belmont reservation for you and to furnish any funds needed Marill.". In a common mat and frame with a descriptive plaque, small picture of Miss Elizabeth Walton Allen and a list of the passengers in lifeboat 2 from the R.M.S. Titanic.
    19. 1/2 in. x 27 in. (49.6 cm. x 68.6 cm.)


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    Miss Elisabeth Walton Allen was 29 when she boarded R.M.S. Titanic as a 1st class passenger. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of George W. Allen, a St. Louis judge, and Lydia McMillan. She was returning to her home in St. Louis before her marriage to a British physician, Dr. James B. Mennell. Miss Allen, Mrs Robert (her aunt), Miss Madill (her cousin), and Mrs Robert's maid, Emilie Kreuchen, all boarded the Titanic in Southampton. Miss Allen was in cabin B-5, along with her cousin Miss Madill , while Mrs. Robert was across the hall in cabin B-3. She escaped with her relatives in lifeboat 2 , one of the last boats to leave the Titanic , under the command of Fourth Officer Joseph G. Boxhall.

    Literature

    John Booth and Sean Coughlan. Titanic Signals of Disaster, Wiltshire, U.K., White Star Publications, 1993, hardcover. Page 121 for a transcript of Marconi Gram #177.