Titanic survivor’s indignant letter sells for nearly $12,000

By The Citizen

An indignant letter written by a Titanic survivor to a friend in New York sold at auction this week for $11,875, according to RR Auction in Boston.

The remarks were written on Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon’s personal letterhead and dated May 27, 1912 — six weeks after HMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage — and seem to indicate that she and her husband, Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, didn’t receive such a warm welcome home after their rescue.

“According to the way we’ve been treated by England on our return we didn’t seem to have done the right thing in being saved at all!!!! Isn’t it disgraceful?” Lady Duff-Gordon wrote.

The prominent London fashion designer and her husband, a Scottish baronet, escaped by boarding Lifeboat 1, which transported 12 passengers despite having capacity for 40.

Fewer than one-third of the more than 2,200 people aboard Titanic survived, hundreds fewer than could have lived if all of the lifeboats had been deployed and filled. CNN