Titanic 'Iceberg' photograph up for auction

Jack Sprat

Jack Sprat

2015-10-20 10:11:40

A unique photograph of the iceberg which sank the Titanic is heading to auction this week.

Henry Aldridge and Son’s will offer the photograph amongst a line-up of historic memorabilia from the tragic ocean liner

The photograph in question was taken by the Chief Steward of the Prinz Adalbert, a German ocean liner of the Hamburg America Line. Dated April 15th 1912, just hours after the sinking of the Titanic, the image shows a large iceberg marked with red paint allegedly scraped from the side of the liner when it struck it. 

The photograph will be offered along with a previously unpublished document written by the Chief Steward, in which he recalls capturing the picture:

"On the day after the sinking of the Titanic, the steamer Prinz Adalbert passes the iceberg shown in this photograph. The Titanic disaster was not yet known by us. On one side red paint was plainly visible, which has the appearance of having been made by the scraping of a vessel on the iceberg. SS Prinz Adalbert Hamburg America Line."

The photograph was later acquired by Burlingham, Montgomery & Beecher, attorneys for Titanic's owners, White Star Line, and used as evidence to defend them against litigation following the disaster.

Further highlights from the sale will include the Fenwick archive, a photographic archive of negatives relating to the rescue of the surviving Titanic passengers and crew. Taken by James and Mabel Fenwick, newlyweds honeymooning on the SS Carpathia which rescued over 700 survivors, the photographs document the historic events which took place just four days into their journey to Europe.

The archive also includes the Fenwicks' journal, which offers a first-hand account of the rescue operation: "5am. Awakened by hearing man's voice "Titanic gone down. We are rescuing passengers and are surrounded by icebergs.... The scene at Carpathia as the day wore on was one of tragedy. Women without husbands and children without parents".

The Henry Aldridge & Son sale of Titanic memorabilia takes place in Devizes, Wiltshire on Saturday October 24.

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