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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 05:58 GMT 06:58 UK
Titanic menu among auction relics
The Titanic sailed from Belfast in 1912
A menu from the Titanic is among a selection of rare artefacts from the ill-fated ship which are going up for auction in America.

A gold pocket watch which stopped ticking in the Atlantic will also be on sale, as will a poster promoting the ship's return trip from New York.

Thursday marks the 93rd anniversary of the sinking of the Belfast-built liner on 14 April 1912.

The auction will take place in a museum in Massachusetts on 1 May.

The watch belonged to a woman who was visiting her mother in Limerick.

Nora Keane, an Irish immigrant, lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her brothers and sisters.

Following a four-month visit to her mother in Castle Connell, County Limerick, Nora decided to return on the maiden voyage of RMS Titanic, boarding at Queenstown.

She was rescued in a lifeboat and the watch was with her at the time. It suffered from water damage when the lifeboat passed under the ship's pump discharge.

Its gilt face has some rust staining, but it is still expected to fetch 2,600-3,600.

Original poster

Perhaps the rarest of items to be sold will be the menu from the ship.

It details the meals available on the day the ship sank on one side of the card, whilst the reverse carries pencil annotations of the passengers on board.

Breakfast that day consisted of oatmeal, porridge and milk, smoked herrings, jacket potatoes, ham and eggs, fresh bread & butter, marmalade, Swedish bread, tea and coffee

Dinner was rice soup, fresh bread, cabin biscuits, roast beef and brown gravy, sweet corn, boiled potatoes, plum pudding, sweet sauce and fruit.

Tea was cold meat, cheese and pickles, fresh bread and butter, stewed figs and rice, and tea.

Sheet music

Supper consisted of gruel, cabin biscuits and cheese.

The menu survived the disaster in the handbag of 3rd class passenger, Sarah Roth.

Also up for auction is an original poster prepared by White Star Line's New York office to promote the return Titanic trip from New York on 20 April.

Following the disaster, the posters were withdrawn and surviving examples are extremely rare. They are estimated to be worth between 10,600 and 15,300.

Also up for sale are letters from passengers, theatre programmes of special charity performances to benefit Titanic disaster charities and even a collection of sheet music.

The auction by Bonhams & Butterfields will take place at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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