A postcard written by a crew member of the RMS Titanic simply weeks earlier than it sank is up for public sale and could fetch $15,000.
Jack Phillips, the vessel’s senior wireless operator, wrote the postcard in March 1912 to his sister, Elsie, whereas at port in Belfast, Ireland, the place the Titanic was constructed. Construction was accomplished at the finish of March, and it left the dock on April 2, 1912.
The correspondence, written on a 5.5 inch by 3.5 inch postcard, options a picture of the Titanic throughout its development and is postmarked in Belfast.
The card reads partially, “Very busy working late. Hope to leave on Monday & arrive So’ton (Southampton) Wednesday afternoon. Hope you quite OK.”
The message ends with the phrases “Love, Jack.”
“According to our research, only five of the 300 postcards retained by Elsie had any relation to Titanic, and only two featured the ship as the front photograph making this an exceptionally rare example,” Livingston stated in an announcement.
Livingston says Phillips is a forgotten hero who saved many lives as the Titanic began sinking. Phillips labored tirelessly to ship messages to different ships to enlist their assist in rescuing the passengers and crew.
The public sale of Phillip’s postcard is slated to shut on April 14. RR Auction says the postcard is estimated to attain $15,000.