Rare Iceberg Photo That Sunk The Titanic For Auction With Asking Price $15,000

Rare Iceberg Photo That Sunk The Titanic For Auction With Asking Price $15,000

A remarkable photograph showing the ‘iceberg that sank the Titanic’ has surfaced 108 years after the historic disaster that claimed more than 1,500 lives.

The black-and-white picture was taken by coincidence two days before the sinking by the captain of another passenger liner crossing the Atlantic.

The seaman, a Captain W Wood who served on board the SS Etonian, was interested in photography and captured the huge iceberg on his camera.

Once he reached New York, Wood had the photograph developed and sent a print of it to his great-grandfather, along with a letter in which he stated that it was the iceberg that sank the Titanic.

He wrote: ‘I am sending you a sea picture, the Etonian running before a gale and the iceberg that sank the Titanic.

‘We crossed the ice tracks 40hrs before her and in daylight, so saw the ice easily and I got a picture.’

He wrote a caption in black ink on the accompanying photo, noting ‘iceberg taken by Captain Wood SS Etonian in 41°50N 49°50W April 12th at 4pm.’

The Titanic struck an iceberg at 10.20pm on April 14, 1912 and sank just under three hours later.

Several photos of the icebergs in the Titanic’s vicinity taken before and after the collision have come to light over the past century.

 

However, Wood’s photograph of the unusually-shaped iceberg seems to closely match sketches and eyewitness descriptions of the one that the Titanic struck.

The photograph and letter are now being sold at auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son of Devizes, Wilts, for an estimated £12,000.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: ‘There were never any photographs taken on board the Titanic of the iceberg, only images of ones in the same area in the days before and after.

‘But Captain Wood’s photograph must be the most likely of all of these images.

‘Fredrick Fleet was the lookout who first spotted the iceberg and he later drew a sketch of it, as did crew member and eye-witness Joseph Scarrott.

‘Their sketches both appear similar to the iceberg in this photo and have the same distinctive odd shape at the top.

‘But the letter from Captain Wood adds far more weight to this iceberg being the one. He seems unequivocal that this was the iceberg that sank the Titanic.

‘It was pure luck that Captain Wood took the photo when he did.’

The 5ins by 4ins photograph will be sold on June 20.

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