13 Amazing Items Recovered from the Titanic. Did you know that after the Titanic sank, its exact location remained unknown for 73 years? It was finally rediscovered in 1985, sparking a frenzy of expeditions and the recovery of over 5,500 artifacts from the wreckage.
13. We’re gonna start with this pocket watch that belonged to Edmund Stone,
A 33-year-old Englishman and first-class steward on the titanic. The pocket watch was recovered from his body along with other items including a set of keys for Titanic’s E deck, a pencil, steward’sreceipt, and a pocket knife. After the Titanic struck the iceberg, Edmund’straining kicked in and he prepared the first-class passengers under his charge with warm clothes and lifejackets. What is so eerie about Edmund’s pocket watch is that it stopped ticking at 2:16, just moments before the titanic plunged beneath the water. Edmund most likely jumped off the titanic in those final moments, and the frigid 28-degree water immediately froze both him and his pocket watch. His body was buried at sea, and his possessions were sent to his widow, Elizabeth.
12. Just look at this piece of the titanic’s steel hull that was found resting on the seabed and was recovered during the the1998 RMS Titanic, Incorporated expedition. It is the largest artifact ever to be recovered from the wreck of the Titanic. It took the recovery team a mere 40 minutes to raise this colossal 15-ton section of the Titanic. Upon testing samples of the steel recovered from Titanic’s hull, scientists determined that it was around ten times more brittle than the steel used in modern ships. Below freezing water temperatures caused the steel of the Titanic’s hull to become dangerously brittle. This would explain the horrifying cracking sounds that passengers heard when the Titanic struck the iceberg. Known as “The Big Piece,” this impressive section of the Titanic’s steel hull can be found in Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, a museum in Las Vegas.
11. this is the bell from the crow’s nest of the Titanic.
It was recovered from the debris field around the Titanic wreck in 1987 by RMS Titanic Incorporated. Just moments before the Titanic collided with the iceberg, Frederick Fleet, one of the crow’s nest lookouts, rang this bell three times and immediately called the bridge. Sixth Officer James Moody answered the phone and Fleet anxiously exclaimed, “Is anyone there?” Moody responded, “What do you see?” To which Fleet replied with those fateful words: “Iceberg, right ahead.” Moody said, “Thank you,” and hung up the phone. But it was too late. Moments later, the Titanic struck the iceberg. This famous bell is now on display in Titanic, the Artifact Exhibition, an impressive collection of Titanic artifacts that can be viewed in several North American cities.
10, we have this key that was recovered from the body of Sidney Sedunary, a 25-year old Englishman and third class steward on the Titanic. When more life jackets were needed Sidney heroically ventured deep into Titanic’s F deck, which was already flooded with brutally frigid water, and used this exact key to unlock a locker where many of the life jackets were stored. Without a doubt, this selfless act of retrieving the life jackets ensured more lives would be saved. Sidney’s body was recovered from the wreckage and was buried at sea, while his pocket watch and key were sent to his grieving wife Madge, who was pregnant at the time.
9. we have this wedding ring that belonged to Swedish third-class passenger Elin Gerda Lindell, who was immigrating to the United States with her husband Edvard. As the Titanic sank, both Elin and Edvardtried desperately to get into a partially submerged lifeboat, but Elin fell into the water, and Edvard didn’t have the strength to pull her into the lifeboat. As Elin slipped from Edvard’s grasp, Edvardmanaged to grab her wedding ring, and then watched in horror as Elin drifted away and drowned. Edvard soon died from the freezing temperature, and his body was recovered later at the bottom of the lifeboat, with his hand still clutching his wife’s wedding ring.
8. this Titanic artifact is one I found particularly interesting. These vials were filled with essential oils that never made it to their destination. Adolphe Saalfeld, a German chairman of a chemists and distillers’ company, was transporting these vials of essential oils to New York, in hopes of marketing them there and expanding his business to the United States. While Adolphe was able to escape the Titanic on a lifeboat, his essential oils weren’t so lucky. These vials were found and retrieved during a Titanic expedition in 2000. David Pybus, a perfume historian, successfully recreated some of the oils using their original chemical composition. One of the vials had violet-scented oil, and another had ROSE-scented oil. Did you get that? “Rose” scented? Hmmm…
7. we have this chef hat that belonged to third baker William Edward Hine, a 36-year-old Englishman who had previously worked in the kitchen aboard the Olympic, Titanic’s sister ship. William along with his brother-in-law, Frederick Charles Godwin, died with the Titanic, and their bodies were never found. Because William was unmarried, his sister Emily and father Henry were notified of his death. Years later, William Hine’s chef hat was recovered from the Titanic wreck, and because his full name was embroidered on the brim, it was easy to identify whose hat it was.
6. we have this rare Kodak Brownie camera that belonged to Bernice Palmer. Bernice, a 17-year-old Canadian girl aboard the Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic’s survivors, snapped a photo of what is believed to be the iceberg that sank the Titanic. She also took pictures of the Titanic survivors aboard the Carpathia and described the moment they were lifted onto the ship stating: “Their faces looked frozen and terrified.” She also noted that many of the women were wearing the over-sized coats of the men who died on the Titanic. An unnamed newsman saw Bernice taking the photos and offered her a measly 10 dollars for the rights to the photos she had taken. This is the contract that Bernice hastily signed, not realizing the exceptional value of her photos. Bernice later donated her camera and photographs to the Smithsonian in 1986.
5. this is the lifejacket worn by Madeleine Astor, who was John Jacob Astor IV’s wife. Madeleine was 18 years old and five months pregnant when the Titanic sank, and John was 47. Because Madeleine was a first-class passenger and wife to the richest man on the Titanic, she of course would have had preferential treatment. However, she boarded one of the last lifeboats that left the Titanic. Once the Carpathia recovered her lifeboat, Madeleine’s lifejacket was removed and placed in the office of Gottlieb Rencher, who was the senior attendant-in-charge to the Carpathia’s surgeon. Rencher kept the lifejacket and displayed it in his office in New York for many years. Madeleine gave birth to a healthy baby boy on August 14, 1912, and named him John Jacob Astor VI.
4. we have Wallace Hartley’sviolin. Wallace, a 33-year-old Englishman, was the violinist and bandleader of the Titanic band. His violin, made from ROSE wood, was a gift to Wallace in 1910 from his fiancée, Maria Robinson, and is engraved with the following: “For Wallace on the occasion of our engagement from Maria.” As the Titanic was sinking, lighthearted tunes arose from this violin as well as the other instruments in the Titanic’s band. Wallace’s body was recovered 10 days after the sinking, and his violin was in a leather case strapped around him. The violin was quite possibly stolen by one of the men recovering bodies and remained hidden from the public until 2006 when it was discovered in an attic in England. Forensic scientists conducted a thorough analysis of the violin and confirmed that it was in fact the very same violin that Wallace Hartley played. The violin sold at auction for $1.7 million in 2013.
3. this is the last known letter written by a Titanic passenger. It was penned by New York businessman Alexander Oskar Holverson on April 13, 1912, only one day before the Titanic struck the iceberg. Holverson had written the letter to his mother to tell her about his experiences on the ship. He describes the music, food, and fellow passenger John Jacob Astor IV, who was the richest man in the world at that time. “He looks like any other human being even tho he has millions of money. They sit out on the deck with the rest of us.” The letter ends with this foreboding sentence: “If all goes well, we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M.” Unfortunately, Holverson was not among the survivors, and this letter was later recovered along with his body.
2. we have the iconic bronze Cherub from one of the upper levels of the Titanic’s grand staircase. Now, this grand staircase was a truly stunning sight. Topped with an iron and glass dome, it elegantly cascaded down six of Titanic’s decks and was graced with inlaid wood and gilded ornaments like this bronze cherub. And the grand staircase was more than just a set of stairs for passengers to ascend and descend to upper and lower decks. It also served as a gathering place for first-class passengers to attend exclusive after dinner meetups and to hobnob with other upper-class passengers before visiting the Turkish baths. It is believed that the cherub lost its left foot when the salvage crew ripped it from its post in the 1987 RMS Titanic, Incorporated expedition.
1. This is the final first-class lunch menu from the Titanic. Notice the date: April 14, 1912, the same day the Titanic hit the iceberg. Abraham Lincoln Salomon, an American first-class passenger, took the menu with him when he boarded Lifeboat number 1. As you can see, the menu includes quite an array of appetizers and entrees, many of which I won’t even try to pronounce. If you had been on the Titanic and were eating your final meal, what would you want it to be? Dive down to the comment section and share your final meal aboard the Titanic.