23 Apr 2013

Titanic letter sold

7:05 am on 23 April 2013

A letter written by the bandmaster of the Titanic sold at auction in England on Saturday for £93,000.

Wallace Hartley, 33, and seven other band members carried on playing until the very last moments.

He wrote to his parents as the ship set off from Southampton on 10 April, 1912. The Titanic sank in the North Atlantic four days later, with the loss of more than 1500 lives.

The letter is written on adjoining sheets of Titanic stationary with company watermark and is hand-dated by Hartley on April 10, 1912.

The note also bears the red embossed White Star Line house burgee.

Hartley did not survive the sinking ship. His body was later returned to his home town, where he received a large funeral.