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Saturday, April 26, 2014
A second class breakfast menu from the doomed ship Titanic, which features Yarmouth bloaters, sold for £87,000 - a world record - at auction.
The menu, which doubled as a postcard, was among memorabilia from the Titanic being auctioned to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the sinking.
The breakfast menu, which survived the sinking with a crew member on the ill-fated ship, is dated April 11, 1912 and is one of only a handful of known second-class memorabilia. The ill-fated liner struck an iceberg and sank on April 14, 1912.
The menu provides a snapshot into the food offered in second class. The dishes included Yarmouth bloaters; grilled ox; kidneys and bacon; American dry hash au gratin; grilled sausage; mashed potatoes and Vienna and Graham rolls.
The card was filled out by Jacob Gibbons, a second-class saloon steward who was rescued from a lifeboat. It reads, “S.S. Titanic, April 11th 1912. Nearing Queenstown. Good voyage up to now. Kind regards to all. J.W. Gibbons.”
It was written to Mr Gibbons’ friend, Miss L Payne - who was living in Studland Bay, Dorset.
He posted the card after the ship stopped at Queenstown, Cork, Ireland, which has since been renamed Cobh.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: “Second class menus from Titanic are incredibly rare, just a handful exist and there are just two for April 11.”
The menu was sold by auction house Henry Aldridge and Son, from Devizes, Wiltshire. The auction also included letters, posters, postcards, a lifeboat plaque and a rare VIP ticket to Titanic’s launch, according to an auction house news release.