Salvaged Items from the Titanic to be Auctioned:
This April is the centenary anniversary of the Titanic's doomed maiden voyage, and exactly one hundred years and a day after the ship of dreams set out on her fateful journey, various articles ranging in size from part of the ship's hull, to crew members' buttons will go under the auctioneer's hammer. Don't bother bidding unless you've a pretty large back yard though; as a result of a court order, all five thousand items have to be sold as one lot.
Some of the items are very personal. To my mind, it is a great shame that they cannot be handed over to those who have a personal connection with the original owner. For example, experts examining a briar pipe and toiletry kit, including a straight edge razor recently confirmed that they were almost certainly the property of William Murdoch. Survivors of the tragedy record the heroic actions of the bridge officer; the efforts he made to avoid the collision, and his unselfish actions which saved lives in the ship's final few hours.
It's a mystery then why the director of the blockbuster movie 'Titanic' chose to portray the man as someone willing to accept bribes, who then goes on to shoot two passengers before committing suicide. Although Cameron publicly proclaimed that scenes that did not feature the two main characters (Jack and Rose) were based on fact, Twentieth Century Fox refused to amend the film's credits, saying "the movie was never intended to be a reflection of real events". The studio did eventually unbend enough to issue a personal apology and make a contribution to an annual William Murdoch memorial prize that Dalbeattie High School in Scotland (Mr Murdoch's hometown) had given out since the year of the disaster, in 1912.
Gentleman's briar smoking pipe, c.1910 similiar to the one recovered from the 'debris field' containing various articles scattered two and half miles below the waves. The interior of the Titanic is a classified grave, and nothing contained within the remnants of the ship is permitted to be scavenged.