A postcard written by the Titanic’s wireless operator can be sold for up to $ 15,000

Written by Shirin Ali, CNN

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

“Phillips used to choose postcards that depicted the ship he served on,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction in Boston, which is selling the card.

“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.

On the night of April 14, 1912, in the North Atlantic, the Titanic hit an iceberg that would cause the death of more than 1,500 passengers and crew. According to RR Auction, Phillips, 25, abandoned the ship when water flooded his feet. He ended up in a collapsed and collapsible life raft, where he would die exposed to the cold.

The Phillips postcard auction is scheduled to end on April 14. RR Auction says the postcard is estimated at $ 15,000.

This is not the first sale of Titanic relics. In 2015, a first-class luxury lunch menu was sold at auction for $ 88,000, along with a letter to a man who allegedly bribed the lifeboat crew to row away from the ship instead of rescue more people for $ 7,500.