purserletterThis letter – a gift for two small children who were traveling alone – bears the rather distinctive signature of Mr. Claude Lancaster, purser onboard the Olympic on the night of Titanic’s sinking. At the bottom is a full White Star Line wax seal, the only intact example we have ever seen.

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Taken onboard the RMS Olympic in 1911, this photograph shows Purser Lancaster, First Officer William Murdoch, Purser Hugh McElroy, Second Officer Robert Hume, Captain Edward J. Smith and Dr. William F. N. O’Loughlin.

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