Letter written on day Titanic struck iceberg up for auction

An undated handout reproduction of a letter released by Henry Aldridge and Son on April 1, 2014...

An undated handout reproduction of a letter released by Henry Aldridge and Son on April 1, 2014 shows a page of the only known letter to have been written on board the Titanic on the day the liner struck an iceberg and sank. (AFP PHOTO/HENRY ALDRIDGE AND SON)

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The only known surviving letter from a passenger on the Titanic will go up for auction later this month.

"Well, the sailors say we have had a wonderful passage up to now. There has been no tempest, but God knows what it must be when there is one," reads Esther Hart's letter dated April 14, 1912, the day the ship struck an iceberg.

The letter is featured in the biography of Eva Hart, who was on board with her mother Esther and father Benjamin. The family was on its way to Canada to start a new life.

"This mighty expanse of water, no land in sight and the ship rolling from side to side is being wonderful. Tho they say this ship does not roll on account of its size. Anyhow it rolls enough for me, I shall never forget it," Hart wrote on Titanic-embossed stationery.

Esther and Eva were rescued, but Benjamin died when the ship sank.

English auction house Henry Aldridge and Son said it expects the letter will net 80,000-100,000 pounds ($146,000-$183,000 CAD) when it is auctioned on April 26.


An undated handout reproduction of a letter released by Henry Aldridge and Son on April 1, 2014 shows a page of the only known letter to have been written on board the Titanic on the day the liner struck an iceberg and sank. (AFP PHOTO/HENRY ALDRIDGE AND SON)


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