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What claim does Waldron have to these articles. Apparently they have been in the hands of other family members for many years. This was an interesting article, however.
It is a bummer that the note is being auctioned...However, it ended up where it ended up...unless there was theft, etc you cant blame the person who auctioned it. They may have used it for personal financial gain but people do it every day.
Let me see if I understand this. This rich guy was puffing away on an expensive cigar writing to his cigar vendor while the masses sweated it out in the hold. Then, when the boat hit the iceberg, he was first to hop in a lifeboat- apparently his better self being overwhelmed by the urgings of the crew to save a newlywed couple ahead of the women and children. And his his heirs are proud of this letter why? And it has historical value why?
detached... I agree. But, why shouldn't he enjoy his trip? Becuase other people arenn't as happy or as well-off? There is a small child in Outer Slabovia right now who does not have Wi Fi internet access. So, how can you be so bols as to be on a computer yourself?
And the illegitimate claim foul?
With all the Civil War era battle-flags of our heroic Minnesota soldiers needing restoration and preservation, the MN Historical Society *somehow* has money to try to buy uber-pricey letters about expensive cigars written by fat-cats in luxury steamship cabins? Nice priorities.
Waldron has no more right to the artifacts than her cousins do. She's just mad that she didn't get to cash in.
Hey, hey, hey! Be nice. I just finished up reading a book (another one!) about the Titanic that I got from Amazon. It's written by somebody named Caplan who wrote it based on an account that was published shortly after the Titanic went down. One of the stokers claimed that one of the coal bunkers had a fire raging in it because the coal had not been properly wetted down with water. The ship hit the ice berg at a slant, due to Officer Murdock's maneuver to change direction. That caused the ship's starboard side to be gashed. So much for waterproof bunkers... Passengers and crew did not believe that the great ship was sinking, so some of the first lifeboats did contain male passengers and even had empty seats! The people were reluctant to hop into a boat, get lowered 80 feet to the sea, sit there for a half hour freezing and then, presumably, get lifted back on deck!
So if the rivets were bad enough, the fire raging below decks could have caused the steel plates to be weakened.
detached the first lifeboats were only half to two thirds full. Dont harp on someone because of there wealth. Learn your history not the movie version. Least they were convinced by the crewman at the rail to get in. Not like so many others who thought no matter what, it wouldnt sink. Then they drowned.
I met Mrs Snyder at her home in Wayzata,Christmas 1980.....I heard the story 1st hand, also been a Titanic historian for 30 years. I can tell you that the reason the Snyder's were in the 1st lifeboat off the ship, was the fact that no one believed the ship was seriously damaged at the time. Secondly, John and Nelle Snyder happened to be standing on the port side of the liner,where 1st Officer Murdoch was letting men in the boats if there was space available at the time. The starboard lifeboats were put in charge of 2nd Officer Lightoller, who went "by the book" of only women and children. So the Snyder's were lucky to be on the port side AND the fact when they couldn't get anyone to enter lifeboat #7 someone yelled out to "Let the honeymoon couples in." So they both got into the boat,
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