Titanic victim’s letter to mother written aboard ship up for auction

A letter written by a first class passenger aboard the Titanic has been recovered and will be sold at auction in the U.K. Saturday.

Passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson wrote the letter to his mother on embossed Titanic stationery on April 13, 1912, the day the ship set sail from Southampton, U.K., Fox News reported.

“If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M.,” Holverson wrote, the day before the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank, killing more than 1,500 passengers.

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Holverson was among the casualties.

The letter was discovered in a pocketbook found with Holverson’s body. It was later returned to his family in addition to other belongings.

Holverson, a salesman, was returning from a vacation in Buenos Aires via the U.K. with his wife, Mary Alice, a Titanic survivor.

The letter will be auctioned through Henry Aldridge & Son.

“It is exceptional on every level including the content, historical context and rarity,” auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said of the letter. “This letter represents one of the last known letters to have survived the sinking and the last known letter written on board by a victim,” he told Fox News.

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“The boat is giant in size and fitted up like a palatial hotel,” Holverson writes in the letter.

He also described seeing American businessman John Jacob Astor and his wife Madeleine on the ship’s deck.

“Holverson’s mention of seeing fellow First Class passenger John Jacob Astor sitting out on deck is an observation the likes of which we have not seen in previous letters written earlier in the voyage, particularly because as a First Class passenger Holverson had access passengers in other classes did not,” Aldridge said.

The letter is also stained by Atlantic Ocean waters.

\The lot, a part of the “Titanic, White Star and Liner Memorabilia Auction,” also includes a photograph of Holverson and his wife leaving for South America before boarding the Titanic.

Other unrelated handwritten letters between members of the Holverson family are included.

The lot has a pre-sale estimate of $79,031 to $105,375.

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