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A scribbled note written by a survivor of the Titanic to tell his family he was alive and well has been put up for sale.
The telegram was sent from the rescue ship Carpathia on April 18, 1912 - four days after the liner Titanic sank - to reassure the sender's family.
Scrawled in pencil and yellowed with age, it reads: '(To) William Mansfield, Washington St., Morristown, New Jersey.
On sale: The historic telegram, yellowed with age, was sent on April 18, 1912
'Safe on Carpathia Telephone friends Newark New York, Burns.'
The name 'Carpathia' and the date, April 18, 1912, have been handwritten in pencil on the front and the charges have been handwritten in pencil and red ink on the front of the rare artefact.
The telegram, which measures 9in by 5.5in, is being offered for sale for £2,500 by memorabilia specialists Gotta Have It.
Doomed: The Titanic when she set sail in 1912
Rescue ship: The Carpathia lies at anchor after bringing in survivors from the Titanic disaster in April 1912
On April 14-15, 1912 the White Star luxury liner Titanic left England on its maiden voyage to New York City.
Considered unsinkable, it collided with an iceberg in icy waters off Newfoundland where more than 1,500 people perished.
Carpathia's moment of glory came when she steamed full speed through
the icy Atlantic in the middle of the night, responding to a distress
call from the sinking Titanic.
Carpathia was the first vessel to arrive on the scene of the disaster and picked up all of Titanic's survivors.
The boat had been launched August 6, 1902, and had her maiden voyage on May 5, 1903.
Owned by White Star rival Cunard, she sailed the Liverpool to New York or Boston route in the summer. Between November and May, she carried immigrants (mainly Hungarian) from Trieste and Fiume to America.
She was sunk in 1918 when two torpedoes from a German U-boat slammed into her side, killing five passengers. The remaining crew and passengers all survived and were picked up by HMS Snowdrop and taken to Liverpool.
The Carpathia was the only ship to respond to Titanic's distress signals and assisted as best it could in recovering survivors.
Once aboard survivors filled out these telegram messages that were transmitted non-stop by Carpathia's wireless operator and the surviving Titanic wireless operator aboard the Carpathia, to loved ones letting them know of their fate.
Conceived by Irish businessman Lord William Pirrie and shipbuilder Thomas Andrews, Titanic was constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast.
It was designed to
be the largest passenger steamship in the
world – and, alongside sister ship the Olympic, the most luxurious.
The death of famous passengers added to the immediate notoriety of the tragedy - although subsequent evaluations of the disaster have noted the disproportionate number of second and third class passengers killed.
Less than a quarter of third class passengers
A third ship in the fleet, the Britannic, was launched just before the start of World War One but never carried civilian passengers.
Instead it was employed as a hospital ship, before it too sank after striking a mine in 1916.
Blockbuster: The disaster was immortalised in James Cameron's hit film Titanic, starring Leonard DiCaprio and Kate Winslett
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