Macclesfield Express - - BARNABY FESTIVAL -


ITEMS be­long­ing to a stew­ard work­ing on the Ti­tanic are to be sold by a Mac­cles­field auc­tion­eer.

Wil­liam Bar­rows was one of the 1,517 pas­sen­gers who died when the fa­mous ship sunk in 1912.

Now let­ters the 32-year-old wrote to his fam­ily, in­clud­ing a pho­to­graph of him on board the ship, will be sold at Adam Par­tridge Auc­tion­eers in Mac­cles­field on Thurs­day, June 30.

The items, which in­clude a tele­graph to his fam­ily re­port­ing that he did not sur­vive and a range of news­pa­pers and press clip­pings re­gard­ing the disas­ter, are ex­pected to sell for be­tween £5,000 and £10,000.

Bar­rows was orig­i­nally from London and had pre­vi­ously worked on the RMS Em­press of Bri­tain.

He joined the Ti­tanic on April 9, the day be­fore it set sail and six days be­fore it hit an ice­berg and sunk.

Auc­tion­eer Adam Par­tridge de­scribed the lot as fas­ci­nat­ing.

He said: “With it be­ing over 100 years ago since the great tragedy of the Ti­tanic, items such as these are few and far be­tween.

“It gives a real in­sight as to how the fam­i­lies of those on board were drip-fed in­for­ma­tion and one can only imag­ine the tur­moil they must have been go­ing through.”

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