A postcard written by a member of the crew of the RMS Titanic a few weeks before sinking is up for auction and could yield $ 15,000.
Jack Phillips, the ship’s senior wireless operator, wrote the postcard in March 1912 to his sister, Elsie, while in the port of Belfast, Ireland, where the Titanic was built. Construction was completed in late March and left the pier on April 2, 1912.
The correspondence, written on a 5.5-inch-by-3.5-inch postcard, features an image of the Titanic during its construction and is stamped in Belfast.
The card says in part: “Very busy working late. I hope to leave on Monday and arrive in So’ton (Southampton) on Wednesday afternoon. I hope you are well.”
The message ends with the words “With love, Jack”.
The postcard features an image of the Titanic in Belfast. Credit: Courtesy RR Auction
“According to our research, only five of the 300 postcards retained by Elsie had anything to do with the Titanic, and only two featured the ship as the front photograph, making this an exceptionally rare example,” Livingston said in a statement.
Livingston says Phillips is a forgotten hero who saved many lives when the Titanic started to sink. Phillips worked tirelessly to send messages to other ships to obtain his assistance in rescuing passengers and crew.
The Phillips postcard auction is scheduled to end on April 14. RR Auction says the postcard is estimated at $ 15,000.