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A Titanic Price

First, I start with what I think was my expression as I watched the Indianapolis Colts yesterday. Not good Sunday afternoon football. Yes… I would rather have a silly grin on my face! I am happy for Monday!

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And now to the real blogging. Here is a quote about safety experience:

When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident… or any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.”

That quote was said in 1907 by  E. J. Smith, the Captain of the RMS Titanic. The Titanic sank in 1914. Since then, there have been many items that have sold at auction from that fateful ship.

 The BBC News reports that recently, one of the last letters that was written on the Titanic sold for a world record price at auction. The letter was written by American businessman and Titanic passenger, Oscar Holverson. The price paid by a British buyer was £126,000 ($166,068.00)

It was sought-after because he wrote it on 13 April 1912,  just the day before the ship hit an iceberg. It is the only known letter, written on Titanic notepaper, to have gone into the Atlantic sea and survived.

Holverson, a successful salesman, wrote the letter to his mother while travelling on the ship with his wife, Mary.  In the letter, Holverson tells his mother that “the boat is giant in size and fitted up like a palatial hotel“. He also writes about seeing “the richest person in the world at that time” – (John Jacob Astor) “He looks like any other human being even tho (sic) he has millions of money,” he adds. “They sit out on deck with the rest of us.

The auctioneer is quoted by the newspaper reporter as explaining why this letter had so much value, “because of its date, the fact it went into the Atlantic and the observations it contains“.

One sentence in Holverson’s letter never came true, “If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday AM.”

When the Titanic sank, Holverson, and the mentioned Astor, died along with more than 1,500 people. Holverson’s wife survived. Her husband’s body was recovered. Inside a pocket book was found on his body where the letter was found. It still bears the stains of the sea water and the water mark of the White Star shipping line.

The ultimate original destination of that letter show that it eventually was delivered to his mother. As the auctioneer said, it is “possibly, the only on board letter written by a victim that was delivered to its recipient without postage”.

What is something worth? I guess if you were an insurance company making payment on a loss, you would probably say that it’s just paper and pen. The life of profitability for insurance companies. (Yes, that is me taking a shot at insurance companies. Can’t help it!)

And for pic o’ day, I am posting one that I can relate to. Plus it made me laugh when I saw the quote with it:

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