A Titanic survivor penned a furious letter to a friend weeks after the infamous sinking, but her outrage was not due to reasons you'd expect. It netted $11,875 in a recent auction, and its contents offer a singular window into the mind of the one percent, 1912 style.
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.
Uh, maybe not, Lady D-G...
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.
The couple were the only two passengers asked to testify during the British Wreck Commissioner's inquiry into the sinking. Their testimony, along with allegations that Cosmo had bribed the crew to row away faster rather than try to rescue others, made them popular fodder for tabloids.
Rumors that the Duff-Gordons tried to deter the crew from making other rescues were never corroborated.
The sale, held by Boston's RR Auction, also contained a letter penned by the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, which raked in $32,500.
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