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Rare Titanic Photos Surface at Auction

Photos taken the day after the RMS Titanic sank have been sold at auction in Oceanside New York along with other artifacts for a reported $100,570.

The images include a photograph of survivors John and Nelle Snyder, a couple who were on board the Titanic for their honeymoon. There were also two letters that John wrote, one of which is on stationery from the ship. The other letter John wrote to his father explaining that Nelle was the one who saved their lives:

“She is the one who urged me to get up when I wanted to go back to bed…we were almost the very first people placed in the lifeboats.”

Snyder also wrote, “We realized by looking at the bow seeing the different rows of portholes getting less and less…that the finest boat in the world was doomed.”

The photographs include images of lifeboats floating in the open Atlantic Ocean, a photo of the rescue ship Carpathia coming to Titanic’s aid and a photo of an iceberg that might even be the one that took down the ship dubbed “unsinkable.”

The auction owner is Philip Weiss, and the material was donated to the auction house by family members of the Snyders.

The RMS Titanic set sail April 10, 1912 on what was supposed to be the first of many voyages. Four days later in the late evening of April 14 the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the ocean in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

Nelle Snyder was interviewed in 1980 about what she witnessed that night. “It sounded so bad and yet it sounded so good.” Nelle was speaking about the ships band, made famous by their resolve to keep playing until the very end so that the passengers on board the ship would not panic.

“We thought, well, this is the end of it now and then all of a sudden it just went ‘woosh’ and was gone.”

The Titanic carried 2,223 people on board and only 706 people survived. That is a difference of over 1,500 people. The Titanic’s infamous legacy is the number of unnecessary deaths caused by miscommunication and a lack of organization among the ship’s crew. The officers loading the lifeboats misunderstood the captain’s order of women and children first, as women and children only.

April 15, 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The last surviving passenger of the disaster Millvina Dean died in 2009 sending the memory of the Titanic into the vaults of history.

Plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking have been made by various institutions and museums, and include:

The Mystic Aquarium Titanic Exhibition, which will virtually take visitors to examine the wreck of Titanic.

The Titanic Memorial Cruises will set sail in 2012 to coincide with the anniversary and a special ceremony will be held on board each ship to honor the lives lost.

The Titanic Historical Society will be coming out with a limited edition book titled Orphans of the Titanic: A Rainbow of Time and Space by Sidney F. Tyler.

For many people knowledge of the Titanic came from the movie starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. However, there is a lot of information out there and with the anniversary only six months away there is sure to be a number of new books and documentaries to fuel the world’s fascination about the once mighty ship and frailty of man’s hubris.


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