Over the last century, the RMS Titanic has unfolded several truths behind its disastrous sinking. This time, some artifacts have revealed more horrible truths about its last lifeboat.
After 104 years, three photos and a handwritten testimony, which were discovered after a month the ship sank, uncovers the presence of three rotting bodies in the lifeboat called Collapsible Boat A.
On April 14, 1912, the world famous Titanic, collided with an iceberg at 11:40pm and was submerged in next two hours: claiming 1500 lives.
On May 13,1912, the lifeboat was found by the passing British liner RMS Oceanic, 200 miles away from the spot where it sunk in the whirlpool of freezing water.
The photos depict the Oceanic crew members trying to recover the Titanic‘s lifeboat. Chronologically, one photo shows crew members lowering a boat. The second one shows the boat advancing towards the lifeboat. And the third one showing the complete action by Oceanic crew reaching on the lifeboat, according to Fox News.
Moreover, the handwritten account of the lifeboat penned down by one of the Oceanic passengers elucidating about three cadavers is bringing more interest. One cadaver is believed to be that of a first class passenger, Thomson Beattie, 37, who was donning a dinner jacket.
The two other corpses were of Titanic firemen, who were found under the lifeboat’s seats. One of them were so badly decomposed that while it was being pulled out, one arm came off in the hands of an Ocean crew.
A wedding ring inscribing “Edward to Gerda”, was also recovered from the boat. It belonged to Gerda Lindell, who could not be able to reach her husband Edward on the lifeboat, reports Telegraph.
According to Inquisitr, the photos and handwritten account will be exhibited for auction, later this week, in U.K.
“These are three first generation photographs of the recovery of Titanic’s last lifeboat,” Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said.
“Accompanying them is a very graphic handwritten description by a passenger of the condition of those on board and the recovery operation.”