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Monday, 25 February, 2002, 12:16 GMT
Lost Titanic photo found
The Titanic
The "unsinkable" liner's maiden voyage began on 15 April 1912
A rare print of the doomed liner Titanic has been rediscovered - 13 years after it went missing.

The photograph of the ship is dated 11 April 1912, just four days before it embarked on its first and last voyage.

The print has now been handed into police in the West Midlands, by an anonymous person thought to be from the north of England.

The Titanic
The ship now rests 2.5 miles below the sea
Detective Constable Shaun Gould from the Force Intelligence Bureau, a specialist in the region's fine art and antique crime, appealed for the original owners to come forward.

DC Gould said: "I would urge collectors of antiques and art, or anyone who may have once owned the piece, to try and jog their memories and try to recall any information.

"Intelligence gathered so far shows this painting was stolen from Birmingham 13 years ago."

'Treasured items'

The print is entitled Titanic at Queenstown and has two signatures on it.

"For the victims of antique theft it's not only the intrusion on to their property but it's about the loss of treasured items which quite often hold some sentimental value, particularly when they are passed on from generation to generation," DC Gould added.

The Titanic, then the world's largest ocean liner and hailed as unsinkable, collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage.

The ship went down with the loss of 1,500 lives and now rests 2.5 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic, off the coast of St. Johns Newfoundland, Canada.

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