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Rare Letter from Titanic Passenger Surfaces, Expected To Get $36,000+ At Auction

April 11, 2018 - 11:29 am

By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

This letter from the Titanic gives amazing insight into what it was like to be onboard the historic ship.

Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers have a rare letter written by a second-class passenger and survivor of the RMS Titanic, Kate Buss, going for an expected $36,000 dollars. On the paper, dated April 10th, 1912, she wrote: "The first class apartments are really magnificent & unless you had first seen them you would think the second class were the same."

"I've been quite alright — but now feel dead tired & more fit for bed than anything," Buss wrote in the letter. "Have to go to dinner-tea in half an hour."

The then 36-year-old continued: "I think I'd best try & get some postcards of the vessel. No sign of sea sickness yet - I mustn't crow."

The iconic ship hit an iceberg and sank just four days after her letter was written. There were approximately 2,224 people onboard the ship, 1,503 of those were killed when the ship went down.

Kate was saved in a lifeboat and was the last person to get on the rescue ship which brought her to land.

Kate Buss died at the age of 96 on July 12th, 1972, 60 years after the Titanic sank.