Memorabilia from Titanic's rescue ship Carpathia set to impress at Bonhams

Just a few days ago we were reiterating how coveted Titanic collectibles are, and how excited bidders are likely to be at an upcoming auction which is offering a first class passenger's menu and a set of keys from the ship.

That is not to be missed, and of course it is nearly 100 years since the fateful night when HMS Titanic struck the iceberg, that being on 14 April 1912. It resulted in the death of 1,157 passengers..

But of course it isn't just items which were on board the Titanic itself which have value. In their upcoming Marine Sale, Bonhams is offering a series of collectibles relating to the RMS Carpathia - the ship which did a lot to prevent the disaster being even worse than it was.

RMS Carpathia bronze medal in original box
An RMS Carpathia bronze medal (not the one for sale) in its original box

Shortly after midnight on the night of 14/15 April 1912, the Carpathia's Harold Cottam picked up a radio distress call and woke his Captain Arthur Rostron.

The Carpathia arrived two hours after the Titanic sank and picked up many survivors. On arrival back in New York, the Officers and Crew of the Carpathia were awarded medals for their actions, including on which is offered in this sale, estimated at £2,000 - 3,000.

Other highlights include a Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society Presentation Certificate, awarded to a certain Ernest GF Brown of the RMS Carpathia, (listed at £3,000 - 5,000). A little different is a painting of 'The Cunard liner Carpathia outward bound from Liverpool in the moonlight' by the British artist Frank Henry Mason, which is expected to achieve £3,000 - 5,000.


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