RMS Titanic radio Marconigrams from day of sinking auction in New York
Three Marconigrams, or radio telegrams, from RMS Titanic's rescue ships are going up for sale
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Sunday 19 February 2012
We've reported on two important letters from the doomed ocean liner RMS Titanic which are auctioning in Oceanside, New York, US, on March 2. You can read more about those here.
Also up for sale are three early Titanic Marconigrams, or radio telegrams. All three were sent on April 15, 1912, the date of the Titanic's sinking.
All three Marconigrams carry pre-sale estimates of $3,000-$5,000.
Of these, the earliest was sent at 7:45 am from the rescue ship Olympic. It states: "Since midnight, when her position was 41.46 N 50.14W have been unable to communicate. We are now 310 miles from her. Will inform at once if hear anything."
The second microgram was sent just five minutes later at 7:50 am. "Captain Asian Can you give me any information on Titanic and if any ships standing by her Commander," it asks.
The third Marconigram was sent much later at 4:40pm.
"Inexpressive sorrow am proceeding straight on voyage Carpathia [another rescue ship on the scene] informs me no hope in searching will send names of survivors as obtainable."
The auction kicks off on March 1. These Marconigrams for sale will be among 400-plus lots of rare memorabilia, including non-sports cards, comics and comic art.
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