One of the last letters penned on board the Titanic recalling the ‘wonderful’ journey has resurfaced after 102 years.
The message, written on Titanic headed notepaper, was written just hours before the doomed liner stuck an iceberg and sank on Sunday, April 14 1912 with the loss of 1,522 lives.
It was due to be posted by Esther Hart after the ship docked but was kept by the author, who survived the disaster along with her young daughter Eva.
The note is the only known surviving letter written on the fateful day, when the ship sank on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic.
It is now set to sell for £100,000 at auction.
Mrs Hart, whose husband Benjamin died on board, going down with the ship, wrote to her mother back in England on the day tragedy struck.
My Dear Ones All,
As you see it is Sunday afternoon and we are meeting in the library after luncheon.
I was very bad all day yesterday, could not eat or drink, and sick all the while, but today I have got over it.
This morning Eva and I went to church and she was so pleased they sang Oh Lord Our Help In Ages Past, that is the hymn she sang so nicely, so she sang out loud, she is very bonny.
She has had a nice ball and a box of toffee and a photo of this ship bought her today, everybody takes notice of her … the teddy bear.
There is to be a concert on board tomorrow night in aid of the Sailors Home and she is going to sing, so am I.
The sailors say we have had a wonderful passage, up to now there has been no tempest, but God knows what it must be.
When there is one, this roughly expanse of water, no land in sight and the ship rolling from side to side is very wonderful tho they say this ship does not roll on account of its size.
Anyhow it rolls enough for me, I shall never forget it. It is nice weather but awfully windy and cold.They say we may get into New York Tuesday night but we were really due early on Wednesday morning.
Shall write as soon as we get there, this letter won’t leave the ship but will remain for me back to England where she is due again on the 26th where you see the letter all of a screw is when she rolls and shakes my arm. I am sending you on a menu to show you how we live, I shall be looking forward to a line from somebody to cheer one up a bit.
I am always shutting my eyes and I see everything as I left it, I hope you are all quite well. Let this be an all sound letter as I can’t write properly to all till I can set my foot on shore again.
We have met some nice people on board and so it has been nice so far. But oh the long, long days and nights its the longest week I ever spent in my life.
I must close now with all our fondest love to all of you,
From your loving Est
Heaps of love and kisses to all from Eva xxxxxx