A sizeable Titanic blueprint was used in the 1912 investigation into the ship’s disaster. It brought $243,000 at auction.
The 33-foot long blueprint is quite simply among the major and well-documented parts of Titanic memorabilia in existence today, according to the auction firm Henry Aldridge and Son Ltd.
It is annotated with red and green chalk marks showing where ice was thought to have penetrated five watertight bulkheads.
The Titanic was the biggest ocean liner in operation at the time and was regarded as being almost invincible. On April 14, 1912, it hit an iceberg in the Atlantic, sinking with more than 1,500 fatalities, frightening the world and sparkling indignation about the absence of lifeboats on board.
According to Andrew Aldridge, general director of the auction house, its price at auction reflects the rarity of the material but also the enduring appeal of the Titanic story.
She sank 111 years ago, but the artifacts keep the memory of those passengers and crew alive.
The inquiry’s transcripts are replete with allusions to the strategy as it took into account the testimony of close to 100 witnesses and other parts of the evidence before concluding that the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank as a result of the excessive pace at which it was being managed.
The finding of the investigations prompted the implementation of a wide range of reforms intended to increase marine safety.
A Titanic housing design sold for $75,000, a collection of Carpathia rescue ship-related memorabilia brought in $106,000, and an RMS Queen Mary fresco brought in $68,000 at the same auction.
Reference: CNN, New York Post