21/06/2016 : Important Documents From The Titanic Up For Auction
A collection of items belonging to William Barrows, a First Class Steward on the Titanic, is to be sold at Adam Partridge Auctioneers in Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Barrows, 32, was from Hanover Street in London, and had previously worked on the RMS Empress of Britain. Included in the items to be sold is a letter he wrote to “My dear Mary” after he had just signed on the ship on the 9th April 1912, the day before she set sail. Also included is a photograph of Barrows on board the ship, telegraphs to his family; first reporting that there was no news, and then reporting that he did not survive, letters from solicitors to the family, compensation documents, and a range of newspapers and press clippings regarding the disaster including several copies of the Daily Mirror in the days following the sinking.
Auctioneer Adam Partridge thinks the lot is fascinating: “With it being over 100 years ago since the great tragedy of the Titanic, items such as these are few and far between. It gives a real insight as to how the families of those on board were drip-fed information and one can only imagine the turmoil they must have been going through.”
The items are to be sold on Thursday 30th June and the vendor is a relative of Mr Barrows. They carry an estimate of £5,000 - £10,000.