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WILLIAM MACQUITTY (1905-2004) WITNESSED THE CONSTRUCTION AND LAUNCH OF R.M.S TITANIC AS A BOY GROWING UP IN BELFAST.
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WILLIAM MACQUITTY COLLECTION: White metal purse and coin given to Joe Mulholland, a fireman onboard the Titanic on her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton.
WILLIAM MACQUITTY COLLECTION - R.M.S. TITANIC: "The Deathless Story of the Titanic" together with a letter from the widow of steward Sidney Conrad Siebert, who was lost in the sinking, to Mr MacQuitty offering him a copy of the aforementioned Deathless Story and the Daily Graphic.
GEORGE WILLIAM BOWYER - was the Southampton Harbour Pilot who took Titanic out of Southampton and the following photographs are from his personal collection of photographs acquired during his career. NB: Bowyer was also on the bridge of Titanic's sister Olympic during the Hawke collision on September 20th 1912.
R.M.S. TITANIC - GEORGE BOWYER ARCHIVE: Rare period photograph of Titanic, handwritten notation by Mr Bowyer to the mount "R.M.S. Titanic leaving dock, April 10th lost April 14th 1912". On reverse of the mount is an official photograph of the Mayor of Southampton, and other VIPs aboard the German gunboat Panther. 10ins. x 8ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - GEORGE BOWYER ARCHIVE: Original photographs of Olympic mounted on card with notations by Mr Bowyer "Olympic half way round, stern in the Itchen and Olympic heading down the river". 10ins. x 8ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - GEORGE BOWYER ARCHIVE: R.M.S. Olympic photographs with original handwritten notations by Mr Bowyer "Olympic proceeding down from the new dock stern first now off 37 Berth, draft 34ft. 1in." plus another "off 38 Berth passing the Oceanic together" 10ins. x 8ins. and a Robert Welch Harland & Wolff image of construction (3).
R.M.S. TITANIC - GEORGE BOWYER ARCHIVE: Stunning original photographs mounted on card of Olympic with handwritten notations by Mr Bowyer "White Star S.S. Olympic off Hythe proceeding to the new dock for the first time 4.30am 3rd June 1911" and "S.S. Olympic returning to dock after collision with HMS Hawke, Thursday September 21st 10am off Hythe". 10ins. x 8ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - GEORGE BOWYER ARCHIVE: Stuart photograph of Olympic in Southampton Water on her maiden voyage with handwritten inscription by Mr Bowyer. 10ins. x 8ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - GEORGE BOWYER ARCHIVE: Original photographs of Olympic with handwritten notation by Mr Bowyer "Olympic entering the new dock, day after collision Sept 21st 10.30am draft of water 35ft. 3ins." plus two Robert Welch Harland & Wolff images of Olympic. 10ins. x 8ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - GEORGE BOWYER ARCHIVE: A pair of albums of original photographs of shipwrecks on the Cornish coast dating from around 1905. Most with handwritten notations, compiled by Mr Bowyer. Wreaks include Anson, Castleford, Reginald, James Armstrong, Renwick, and Llandaff
R.M.S. TITANIC - GEORGE BOWYER ARCHIVE: An album of original photographs from around 1909 of liners and other ships compiled by Mr Bowyer. There are numerous interesting elements including the White Star Line Football Team of 1907-08 featuring Mr Bowyer, photo of White Star Line clerks volunteering to stoke the Adriatic during the fireman's strike of 1910 and a souvenir postcard from the first aerial post in Sept. 1911.
R.M.S. TITANIC/WHITE STAR LINE: An exceptional album of photographs, assembled by a navigating officer of the White Star Line, Nottingham-born Philip Agathos Bell (1880-1934). It shows a fabulous range of White Star ships and personalities, including unique candid shots aboard ships of Titanic officers Charles Lightoller and Joseph Boxhall, as well as Titanic stewardess Annie Martin, and many other WSL personnel.
R.M.S. TITANIC: An extremely rare promotional advertising brochure for the Olympic and Titanic dating from 1910. Printed over four pages with numerous illustrations. Interestingly it states 'as far as it is possible to do so, these two vessels are designed to be unsinkable'.
R.M.S. TITANIC: An extremely rare ticket to the Launch of R.M.S. Titanic on 31st May 1911. The stub is printed: "No. 1246/"Titanic"/Launch/To be retained for admittance to Stand." The ticket portion printed: "No. 1246/Launch/OF/White Star Royal Mail Triple-Screw Steamer/"TITANIC"/At BELFAST,/Wednesday, 31st May, 1911 at 12-15 p.m./To Be Given Up At Gate," along with the White Star Line burgee printed in red in the upper right corner.
R.M.S. TITANIC: One of the most important three dimensional Titanic artifacts ever offered for auction, survivor Ella White's historic walking cane.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Sam Smith served on the Minia and was onboard during the mission where she took part in recovering the bodies of those lost on the Titanic. The archive is sold via direct descent and has never been shown publicly before. Sam was a joiner on the Minia and can be seen at no 10 in the crew list. It is without doubt one of the most compete collections of material owned and collected by a Minia crewman in existence. The following items represent part one of the archive, the second will follow in our April 2020 auction.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Rare satinwood cribbage board made from wreck wood from the ill-fated liner. 12ins. x 3ins. This lot is accompanied by a signed letter of provenance.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Extremely rare continuous certificate of discharge for Samuel Alfred Smith documenting his marine career. Entry 14 states that he was onboard S.S. Minia as a joiner during her part in the recovery of the bodies of those lost in the Titanic disaster.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Rare photograph of the Captain of Minia during the Titanic body recovery mission, Captain William George Squares de Carteret. 3½ins. x 4ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Rare photograph of First Mate and body recovery supervisor James Adams. 3½ins. x 4½ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Extremely rare Notman Studio photograph of the deck crew that worked onboard the Minia during the body recovery mission. The image shows Rev. Henry Ward Cunningham who was only known to have been onboard at this time. Other principals include Captain William George Squares de Carteret, first mate James Adams and Samuel Smith. 9ins. x 7ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: F.C. Gould & Son photograph of the S.S. Minia. 11ins. x 5ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Rare pair of sepia photographs showing the Minia in pack ice, mounted on card. 8½ins. x 6ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Extremely rare C.S. Minia Christmas and New Year card for 1911-12.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Handwritten letter by Sam Smith to his wife Lill written onboard Oct 1st 1918 during WWI with original envelope, plus three handwritten postcards from Mr Smith to his children dating from 1911 to 1918 (5).
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Rare collection of five C.S. Minia related photographs including the ship's dog (5). Approx. 3½ins. x 4½ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Rare Young Brothers of Toronto Minia postcard.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Personally, owned compass. It is unknown if Mr Smith used this during the mission to recover Titanic's bodies, but the probability is he used it onboard the Minia at some stage.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Personally owned set of binoculars in case of issue. It is unknown if Mr Smith used these binoculars during the mission to recover Titanic's bodies, but the probability is he used them onboard the Minia at some stage. 4½ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - THE SAMUEL ALFRED SMITH ARCHIVE: Early 20th century leather tool bag of joiner's woodworking tools owned and used by Samuel Smith. It is unknown if Mr Smith used these during the Minia's Titanic body recovery mission but is probable that he used some of them during his seventeen- year career on the C.S. Minia.
R.M.S. TITANIC - WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON ARCHIVE: Mr Harrison was private secretary to Joseph Bruce Ismay and travelled on Titanic on ticket number 112059 and occupied cabin B94. He died in the sinking and his body was recovered by the Mackay Bennett #110. He was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax on 1st May 1912. The archive is sold via direct descent.
R.M.S. TITANIC - WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON ARCHIVE: A unique water stained White Star Line official pocket book of sailings for 1912 recovered from Mr Harrison's body. The book has a red leather cover with embossed gilt White Star and dated 1912. The book is the March 21st 1912 edition with addenda printed April 1st 1912. It lists Titanic's sailings through to December 28th 1912 together with minimum rates with and without meals. To the best of our knowledge this is the first example of this book to have survived having been on the Titanic. 5ins. x 3½ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC - WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON ARCHIVE: Water stained pocket book recovered from Mr Harrison. The notebook appears to be a handwritten journal of accounts relating to Mr Harrison's work for Mr Ismay. Written in 1912 in pencil it relates to monthly accounting for Ismay starting in January 1912 and finishes in April 1912. One of the entries for January is an American trip purchased for £3.
R.M.S. TITANIC - WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON ARCHIVE: Original business card printed William H. Harrison.
R.M.S. TITANIC - WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON ARCHIVE: Water stained letter recovered from Mr Harrison, dated 3rd April with blue stamp "JBI received 4th Apr 1912". The letter refers to Mr Harrison's upcoming trip to N.Y on Titanic and somewhat sarcastically finishes "Hope you have a pleasant trip and not have to burn cabin fittings for fuel", a reference to the continuing national coal strike.
R.M.S. TITANIC - WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON ARCHIVE: Post office telegram dated April 19th sent to William Harrison's wife Anne from J. Bruce Ismay. "words fail to express my sorrow at your terrible loss. Am overwhelmed by this frightful calamity, heartfelt sympathy with you in this dark hour, Ismay".
R.M.S. TITANIC/S.S. LAPLAND: On board letter during return voyage. Handwritten letter, two sided on onboard S.S. Lapland stationery with Red Star Line burgee, dated 23rd April 1912 from Mary Elizabeth Webb Scott (but unsigned) to her "precious husband". In part, "… we have to carry Titanic's mail. There are quite a number of waiters and stewards on the boat, survivors of the ill-fated ship. One of the waiters waits on a table right by ours. We were talking to our deck steward today and he told us that one of men said, when he called to the other men to come, that the boat was sinking, they thought he was joking. It is the opinion here that there was gross carelessness among the officers…". The S.S. Lapland, one of the vessels of I..M.M., White Star Line's parent company, transported many of the Titanic's crew back to England from New York. 8¼ins. x 10½ins.
R.M.S TITANIC: Extremely rare lettercard letter written on board Titanic by Frederick James Banfield who died in the sinking and posted Queenstown April 11th 1912 minus stamp. The lettercard is a very intimate account and starts "My dearest Cill, I am writing these few lines to you to get it posted at Cherbourg or Queenstown". He mentions the New York incident in detail also telling her they were the two ships he sailed on his previous voyage. States that "she is a fine boat much larger than he expected and New York & Oceanic are small boats when this one is by their side". "I sent off 2 postcards last night and one this morning to you".
R.M.S. TITANIC: First-Class steward Alan M Baggott, on board R.M.S. Carpathia lettercard dated April 18th written after his rescue by Carpathia to Mr R J Buck. An extremely rare example, only one of a handful known to exist. The letter commences "Dear Dad" and contains news of his ordeal. He states "out of the 110 stewards we had in the first saloon alone only 5 of us were saved. She struck at 11pm I was asleep but woke at once of course. We were ordered to the boats at about 12 and she sank at 1.30". He later talks of the rescue by Carpathia and how he hopes to be transferred to the Cedric and home on Saturday week. Most poignantly he underlines to emphasize there were not sufficient lifeboats. He also mentions "the names of survivors by wireless". The letter-card bears a U.S.A. one cent stamp and is postmarked 18th April 1912 11pm. shortly after Carpathia docked with her rescued survivors. (Condition minor discolouration otherwise good).
R.M.S. TITANIC: Extremely rare Liverpool shipwreck and Humane Society silver medal awarded to Evan Henry Hughes, Chief Steward of the Carpathia. In original box of issue and sold with framed extract of the Society's 73rd annual report listing Hughes as a recipient and an extremely rare photo postcard of Hughes on the Carpathia alongside the Stewardesses.
R.M.S. TITANIC: Unattributed Dieges and Clust bronze Carpathia medal. 1½ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC: Extremely rare original studio portrait of Titanic Third-Class steward Sid Sedunary. 4½ins.
R.M.S. TITANIC: Unique personal notebook of drawings and sketches owned by Titanic Third-Class steward and victim Sid Sedunary. The book dates from 1906 and contains a number of sketches of liners, battleships, doodles and personal notes. It is believed that Mr Sedunary forgot the notebook hence it didn't travel with him on the Titanic. The lot is sold with a copy of a letter of provenance from his son.