Signed as “With love, Jack”, the postcard was sent by a Titanic disaster hero – but he was not the fictional (passed out!) Jack Dawson character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1997 epic film.
However, the 1912 correspondence with an image of the allegedly “sinkable” ship written by senior wireless operator Jack Phillips is expected to yield at least $ 15,000 at the auction this month.
The then-24-year-old sent the postcard 109 years ago to his sister, Elsie Phillips, of Belfast, Ireland, on March 7, just five weeks before the fateful shipwreck – and his death on April 15.
He wrote a sweet message to his brother on the back of the shiny postcard that showed the White Star Line Titanic on the day of its launch in Belfast, May 31, 1911.
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“Too busy working late,” wrote the experienced telegraph, who died after the ship hit the huge iceberg in the North Atlantic near Nova Scotia.
“I hope to leave on Monday and arrive in So’ton [Southampton, England] on Wednesday afternoon. Hope you’re well. I heard from Ethel yesterday, “he continued.
He signed simply with, “With love, Jack.”
In his cursive handwriting, Phillips added to the address panel: “Miss E. Phillips, Ryde Hse School, Ripley, Woking, Surrey.”
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It was probably one of the last communications between brother and sister before Phillips left Southampton on the Titanic’s maiden voyage – the intended destination was New York City.
Four days later, the former postal worker, who celebrated his 25th birthday aboard the convicted transatlantic, proved to be a true hero of destruction.
During the sinking, he bravely worked by sending wireless messages to other ships to beg them to navigate the treacherous ice fields and rescue the Titanic’s passengers and crew.
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One of these telegraphs was sent to Carpathia, the steamship that received about 705 lifeboat survivors on board two hours after the Titanic finally sank at 2:20 am.
This story continues in the New York Post.