It is well known that a small group of decorative objects were crafted from Titanic driftwood by William Parker, the carpenter for the
Anglo American cable steamer Minia. Shortly after the disaster, the Minia helped in the recovery of bodies, and it was at this time that Parker salvaged a large quantity of wreckwood from the scene. This box was crafted for James Adams, who served as 1st Officer on the Minia during the salvage mission.
A cribbage board similarly fashioned from driftwood by Parker is in the collection of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia and a table by Parker is in the collection of Titanic Concepts, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Another box and a liquor cabinet are in a private collection.
A letter from James Adams to Captain Earle, dated May 5th, 1912
discussing the salvage efforts of the Minia, is in the archives of the Titanic Concepts collection, and a supporting letter by Francis
Dyke, crewman abooard the Minia, is in the archives of the
Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Nova Scotia.
Walter Lord has attested to the authenticity of this box, and documents signed by Gerald Tudor Mullin, grandson of James Adams, are available upon request.