Lot 249: **R.M.S TITANIC: SECOND THIRD CLASS STEWARD SIDNEY SEDUNARY - SID
Titanic & Travel Memorabilia
October 22, 2016
Devizes, United Kingdom
Description: **R.M.S TITANIC: SECOND THIRD CLASS STEWARD SIDNEY SEDUNARY - SIDNEY WAS AGED 23 AND TRANSFERRED FROM THE OLYMPIC TO THE TITANIC. HE LOST HIS LIFE IN THE SINKING AND HIS BODY WAS RECOVERED BY THE MACKAY BENNETT, NUMBER 178. HIS POSSESSIONS WERE SENT BACK TO HIS WIFE MADGE AND HIS SON SIDNEY DONATED SEVERAL OF THEM INCLUDING HIS POCKET WATCH AND THE KEYS TO HIS CABIN, NO. 45 ON E DECK, TO THE SOUTHAMPTON MARITIME MUSEUM. THE REST OF THE COLLECTION WAS RETAINED BY HIS FAMILY. An extremely rare corroded iron key with brass tag 'Locker 14' 'F Deck', it was recovered from his body and remained in the family until it was decided to consign it for auction in August 2016. Sidney's son gave it to a family member visiting from Australia in 1981 together with some copper coins that were also found alongside the key. Copies of a diary from the visit are included with the lot which mention the key, letters from Sid Sedunary Jnr and a letter from the vendor's mother confirming its provenance, provenance via direct descent. The significance of this key revolves around evidence given at the British Inquiry by Steward John Hart. It shows Sedunary heroically working on F Deck on the very night of the sinking, even though it was flooded forward - 9903 - I waited about there with my own people trying to show them that the vessel was not hurt to any extent to my own knowledge, and waited for the chief third class steward, or some other Officer, or somebody in authority to come down and give further orders. Mr. Kieran came back. He had been to sections S, and Q, and R to see that those people also were provided with lifebelts. 9904. S, and Q, and R are all in the extreme after part of the ship, are not they? - That is correct. 9905. S is on deck G, R is on deck F, and Q is on deck E, all in the extreme afterpart of the ship? - Yes. 9906. He (Chief 3rd class steward Kieran) had been there to your knowledge? - Yes, he had also his assistant with him, one by name of Sedginary. [Sidney Sedunary.] 9907. (The Commissioner.) The chief steward and his assistant, Sedginary, went right aft, did they? - Yes. 9908. To S, R and Q? - Q, S and R.