Lot 240: R.M.S. TITANIC

Henry Aldridge & Son

April 21, 2018
Devizes, United Kingdom

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Description: Superb and highly detailed letter written onboard R.M.S. Titanic, dated April 10th 1912. Written by Second Class passenger and survivor Kate Buss. The letter is written over four sides in black ink and gives the reader a vivid snapshot of life onboard. To Percy James I received yours on vessel today, have posted mother & Mrs Lingham from Cherbourg. This I think will go out from Queenstown tomorrow. I've been quite alright - but now feel dead tired & more fit for bed than anything. Have to go to dinner-tea in half an hour, Percy to. Mr Peters spent about an hour on the vessel + they might easily have spent another without waste of time. The first class apartments are really magnificent & unless you had first seen them you would think the second class were the same. We were due to reach Cherbourg at 5pm, but not there yet altho the mail is cleared. I think I'd best try & get some postcards of the vessel. My fellow passenger hasn't turned up yet, so if she is coming it will be from Cherbourg or Queenstown. I was advised to eat well so had a good lunch - two clergymen opposite me at table. No sign of sea sickness yet - I mustn't crow. Hedley & P.W. both kissed me goodbye so I wasn't made to feel too lonely. HP set PW the example tho' it was done quite as a matter of course without a word. I've only sent Mrs Lingham a card I'm so fearfully tired I do not feel I can write more tonight or I would write to Elsie - The only thing I object to is new paint so far. Must clear & have a wash now. Will pop this in the post in case I'm sea sick tomorrow. PW brought a box of chocolates - shouldn't wonder if I'm like Jim Buss & get it the other way. Give my love to all enquirers - must go. Much love Kate. It is interesting to note Kate was seated opposite two Clergymen. Father Byles, Rev. Harper and Rev. Robert Bateman were all Second Class passengers so its conceivable she could have been sat with one of them. Kate was saved in lifeboat no 9 when the Carpathia picked up her lifeboat. She was the last to be unloaded due to her fear of heights.
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