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The Tragic Story Of Titanic's Last Lifeboat

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The Tragic Story Of Titanic's Last Lifeboat

A disturbing account of what happened to Titanic's last ever lifeboat has come to light after it was put up for sale at an auctioneers.

Three male corpses were found floating in the vessel 200 miles away from the wreck site after British liner RMS Oceanic passed by a month after the tragedy on May 13, 1912.

Apparently, the lifeboat (known as Collapsible Boat A) was never launched from the ship, however it washed over the side when Titanic sank. Around 30 people desperately climbed into it in a frenzied attempt to survive. Sadly, most of them died. A dozen were saved by another lifeboat.

It seems that three corpses who stayed on the lifeboat were two firemen from the engine room and a first class passenger known as Thomson Beattie.

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An unknown passenger on the Oceanic gave an account of what they saw: "I crossed the Atlantic one month after the Titanic catastrophe.

"We picked up one of the lifeboats with two n****r-like unrecognisable corpses of a passenger in evening dress and two firemen.

"The arms came off in the hands of the Oceanic boarding officer.

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"The bodies were buried and a prayer service read. The lifeboat then hauled on to our deck."

Along with this handwritten account are three photographs showing the recovery process of the boat and corpses.

They're all up for sale at auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son of Devizes for £3,000.

They're being sold on Saturday.

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Words by Mel Ramsay

Topics: titanic

Mel Ramsay
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