Furniture and accessories from Titanic’s sister ship to be auctioned


People all over the world have heard of the Titanic. Once the largest ships in the world, the Olympic-class ocean liner tragically struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage to New York and sank, killing hundreds of passengers and crew in the disaster.

James Cameron’s famous film boosted the ship’s global reputation, but Titanic was actually one of three Olympic-class ships, and items from one of her sister ships are up for auction this week.

Alongside the Titanic, the trio of Olympic liners included the Olympic, which was the lead ship of the class, and the Britannic. All designed to the same specifications and destined to be the most luxurious and elegant cruise ships on the planet, these ships eventually made history for very tragic reasons.

Artist’s conception of Britannic in its intended White Star livery

The sinking of the Titanic was one of the worst maritime disasters in history, and the Britannic also sank after colliding with a mine in the Aegean Sea. The disaster was far less dramatic than that of the Titanic, but 30 people died and the remaining 1,035 survivors had to be rescued from water and lifeboats.

The Britannic is actually the largest passenger ship currently sitting on the seabed and has been explored by several notable groups and individuals over the years, including Jacques Couseau in the 1970s.

The White Star Atlantic Mail Britannic liner (deck plans)

The White Star Atlantic Mail Britannic liner (deck plans)

Many items have been recovered from the wreckage, while some were actually removed from the ship several years before it sank and are expected to be sold at an auction in County Laois, Ireland, as the BBC reported.

The Britannic was launched in February 1914, just months before the outbreak of the First World War. The ship, which had been launched in Belfast, was later requisitioned by naval authorities, with some parts removed and redesigned to better suit her new vocation as a military ship. This meant that some of the more ornate wooden carvings and fittings were removed.

These items were auctioned off in 1919 in Belfast, with some pieces ending up being used to decorate Dublin’s La Scala theater and opera house.

Britannic under construction at Harland & Wolff, Belfast, 1914

Britannic under construction at Harland & Wolff, Belfast, 1914

This building was later converted into a cinema, then due to be demolished in the early 1970s. The panels were removed before demolition and were in fact installed in a private house in Dublin, with parts used to make a bar vintage.

The items sat in the house for several decades, but are now sold and ready to start a new life elsewhere. The auction takes place at the Heritage Golf Resort in Killenard. Niall Mullen, one of the organizers involved in the auction, revealed the seller is hoping the items will be purchased by a buyer in Northern Ireland so they can return to their original home.

Welte Philharmonic Organ on Britannic in a 1914 company catalog

Welte Philharmonic Organ on Britannic in a 1914 company catalog

The items, which originally came from the first-class lounge and second-class library areas of the huge ship, are expected to fetch around half a million euros ($560,000) in total.

Authentic Britannic memorabilia and artifacts have fetched high prices in the past, but collectors are willing to pay even more for Titanic artifacts.

Read another story from us: The last Titanic survivor was forced to sell her Titanic memorabilia to pay her health bills at 96

As CNN reported, the highest price ever for a Titanic item at auction was around $1.4 million for a Wallace Hartley violin, which was allegedly used by the liner’s band, which continued to play even as the ship sank in order. try to calm the passengers.

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