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    Sale 2073

    Ocean Liner

    25 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 74

    A rare list of second class passengers for the R.M.S. Titanic carried off the ship by Miss Bertha Watt and other related material

    THE LIVERPOOL PRINTING & STATIONARY CO.; CIRCA 1912

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    A rare list of second class passengers for the R.M.S. Titanic carried off the ship by Miss Bertha Watt and other related material
    The Liverpool Printing & Stationary Co.; circa 1912
    the cover printed in black and white with "White Star Line/Second Class passenger List./White Star Line./18.Via Alla Nunziata. GENOA/21, Piazza Della Borsa NAPLES./9. Broadway, NEW YORK./84. State Street, BOSTON./ISMAY IMRIE & Co./1.Cockspur Street. S.W./LIVERPOOL &/38,Leaderhall Street.E.C. LONDON./Canute Road, Southampton." inscribed on the front along with an image of a white star in the sky.

    The inside cover with "WHITE STAR LINE/American and Canadian Services./..." followed by a listing of the ship in service to various parts of the world and then followed by an advertisment for "Winter Sailings To/Mediterranean And Egypt"; the front page printed with "List of/Second Class Passengers/Royal and U.S. Mail/S.S. "Titanic."/Triple Screw - 46,328 Tons./from Southampton and Cherbourg/to New York/(via Queenstown),/Wednesday, April 10th 1912." with two pages of "Information for Passengers" including information on: wireless telegrams, Baggage, Passengers, Smoking, Library, Postage Stamps, Meals, Second Class Passengers (are not allowed on the 1st or 3rd class decks), Deck Chairs, Steamer Rugs, Valuables, the Surgeon, Travellers' Checks, Passenger Addresses, Dogs; and followed on the next page by United States Customs Regulations and Wireless Telegram Rates. The next page lists a full sailing schedule for Olympic, Titanic and Oceanic information, followed by the passenger list. Each survivor marked with the letter "dot" next to their name. Other information included in the back of the booklet are schedules for the Boston and Canadian service, and the back cover is an illustration of the Olympic at sea.

    Along with: three (3) photographs of Bertha Watt, one prior to the sailing of the R.M.S. Titanic (at age 12) with her cousins, another at 15 years old, and the third her graduation picture from Jefferson High School; Portland, OR.; an original copy of an article written by Bertha Watt entitled "A Personal Experience On The 'Titanic' By a Jefferson Student.", detailing in two pages her first hand account of the sinking of the ship, including that she was still on the ship after eight (8) of the life boats had departed, how she eventually got into boat No. 9, the fear that that the steerage class passengers might charge the life boats, hearing the boilers burst at 2am, the arrival of the Carpathia in amongst many icebergs, the arrival of the Californian, and the departure of the Carpathia for New York. A copy of the "Spectrum"/Jefferson High School/April 1914 with the aforementioned article published within, and several newspapers: a reproduction of the London Times for 16 April 1912, The Province 17 May 1975 with a story about Miss Watt (the passenger list and her survival), and the London Star from 19 April 1912 detailing stories of the survivors.
    7¼ x 4 7/8 in. (18.4 x cm.) (9)


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    Provenance

    Mrs. Bertha Watt
    and thence by decent to the current owners.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the passenger list was carried off the ship by Mrs. James Watt, the mother of Miss. Bertha Watt.


    Exhibited

    Vancouver, Royal BC Museum, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition; April 14th - October 14th 2007