A postcard written by a crew member in the RMS Titanic just weeks before it sank, is up for auction and can fetch $ 15,000.
Jack Phillips, the ship’s senior wireless operator, wrote the postcard in March 1912 to his sister, Elsie, while in port in Belfast, Ireland, where the Titanic was being built. Construction was completed at the end of March, and it left the quay on April 2, 1912.
The correspondence, written on a 5.5-inch by 3.5-inch postcard, has a picture of the Titanic under construction and is postmarked in Belfast.
The card reads in part: “Very busy working late. Hope to leave Monday and arrive in So̵
The message ends with the words “Love, Jack.”
The postcard contains a picture of the Titanic in Belfast. Credit: Regards RR Auction
“According to our research, only five of the 300 postcards Elsie had left had any relation to the Titanic, and only two highlighted the ship as the front photograph, making this an unusually rare example,” Livingston said in a statement.
Livingston says Phillips is a forgotten hero who saved many lives when the Titanic began to sink. Phillips worked tirelessly to send messages to other ships to enlist their help in rescuing the passengers and crew.
The auction of Phillips’ postcards is scheduled to close on April 14. RR Auktion says the postcard is estimated to reach $ 15,000.