A unique photo album showing the rescue of the Titanic survivors is heading for sale at RR Auction.
The shots were taken by a Louis M Ogden, a passenger aboard the RMS Carpathia. The Carpathia was the first vessel to respond to the Titanic’s distress signal in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
The Carpathia pulled 705 people from the freezing waters
In all 705 people were rescued from the tragically under filled lifeboats, less than a third of the total passengers and crew.
The album features six pages of photographs showing the lifeboats being hauled aboard. There are also a number of portraits of the Carpathia’s heroic captain Arthur Rostron, who has signed twice in ink.
There are also a handful of shots showing the fateful iceberg itself.
The auction house describes it as: “A tremendous archive of first generation photos that not only documents the harrowing rescue, but likewise proffers an unprecedented assemblage of iceberg photographs—images of the two-peak Titanic iceberg are tremendously rare.
“A truly one-of-a-kind and museum-quality collection.”
It’s expected to sell for somewhere in excess of $50,000, which would represent a huge increase on the $12,000 it sold for last year.
In 2015, a single photograph of the iceberg that the Titanic collided with (taken by the chief steward of the SMS Prinz Adalbert some hours later) realised $32,000 at an auction in 2015.
A letter written aboard the Titanic the day before it sank is expected to make up to $80,000 at Henry Aldridge later this month.
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