Titanic memorabilia heading to auction

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Swann Auction Galleries of New York City will offer a chance to own a piece of history from some of the most famous ships of all time, including the Titanic, Andrea Doria, Normandie and Lusitania.

These and other important items will be offered Dec. 1 in the Printed & Manuscript Americana Sale/Ocean Liner memorabilia Sale.

One of the top lots is the rare copy of the Plan of First Class Accommodation from the Titanic (estimate: $12,000-$18,000). In addition to a number of other important items from this ship, Swann is making available a Landing (or Custom) Card issued to Mrs. Cassebeer aboard the steamship Carpathia after being rescued from the Titanic disaster. The card identifies her as being 29th on list, a saloon passenger and having embarked at Southampton on April 10, 1912 (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Later, Cassebeer testified to a Senate subcommittee regarding the disaster. Her account of boarding the lifeboat added important information regarding the actions of Bruce Ismay, chairman and managing director of the White Star Line, who was believed by detractors to be one of the first to leave the ship. Cassebeer’s account reports that he assisted her into a lifeboat, the sixth to be launched.