Captain Arthur H. Rostron of RMS Carpathia Fame, Collection of Signed Photographs, Letters, and More
Estimate: n. a.
Price realised: US$3,900
Lot of 29 items signed by or related to Cunard Line Captain Arthur H. Rostron (1869-1940), best remembered as the captain of the RMS Carpathia when it rescued the survivors of the Titanic, including: 3 ALsS from A.H. Rostron to Louis Ogden in 1926, written on RMS Mauretania, RMS Berengaria, and Park Avenue Moor Lane stationery. In each letter, Rostron addresses Ogden as "brother" and speaks about his recent voyages and his family. Signed photographs include: Hand-colored portrait of Rostron, 7 x 5 in. (sight), framed, signed With love to Wm. Thoms. Louis Ogden, 25-4-28. Signed photograph of the captain posing aboard a ship, printed by Halls Studio, Times Square, NY, 5 x 8 in. Signed photograph, 10.5 x 13.5 in. (sight), framed, 13 x 16 in., same photograph as above signed To my shipmates J.W. and Mrs. Louis M. Ogden in Titanic Rescue April 15, 1912. Signed photograph of Rostron standing in uniform with his medals, 6.25 x 9.25 in. (sight), framed, 8 x 11 in. Signed, with affectionate regards, Captain R.N.R. 1925. Signed photograph of Rostron, 7.25 x 9.25 in. (sight), framed, 9.25 x 11.25 in. Signed with very best wishes, RMS Mauretania, May 1921. Signed photograph, 6 x 8 in., on 10 x 14 in. mount, taken by S.A. Chandler & Co. Exeter and Southhampton. Signed, A.H. Rostron 1929. Additional items include typed copy of chapter entitled "America and England" from Rostron's autobiography Home from the Sea, signed by Rostron; approx. 17 original pencil sketches of Captain Rostron, 9 x 11.5 in. identified to the RMS Bernegaria; framed modern copy of a a decorated document honoring A.H. Rostron. 6.75 x 9.75 in. (sight), framed, 8 x 11 in; and 12 x 3 in. wood sign labeled Commodore in gold lettering. RMS Carpathia Passengers Augusta and Louis M. Ogden, Exceptional Collection of Photographs, Medals, Correspondence and More Related to the Titanic Rescue Lots 229-234 Like many enormously wealthy men, he traveled the world to exhilarating and exotic locations. In 1901, he and his wife Augusta visited Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay and the Argentine Republic. He then went on an expedition along the eastern slope of the Andes into Bolivia, travelling 500 miles by mule. He spent considerable time among the Indians, such as the Matacos, Chiriquanos, and Tobas, on the western edge of the "Gran Chaco." In 1904, Ogden made two visits to Cuba. In 1911, Ogden bought a new camera for his next world tour through Algiers, the Sahara, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Greece, and Austria. In the middle of his excursion, a surprising and unplanned event occurred—a rescue! On a clear, April morning in 1912, aboard the RMS Carpathia, Ogden rushed to his quarters to retrieve his new camera. On the horizon, several lifeboats appeared carrying Titanic survivors. Ogden photographed the oncoming emergency boats No. 1, 6, and 14, and listed the names of several lifeboat passengers in his photograph album (Lot 229), which included: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Quartermaster Robert Hichens, and 5th Officer Harold Lowe. As the Carpathia traveled to the site of the wreck, Ogden expected to see scores of bodies; however, only a sea of cork pieces, an overturned lifeboat, and a few chairs remained. He photographed the desolate scene with the icebergs floating ominously in the distance. He also captured a scene involving Hoisting Titanic boats on board, as well as at least 2 views of the SS Californian in the distance, which was a British Leyland Line steamship best known for its inaction during the sinking of the Titanic despite being the closest ship in the area. Curious about the sea of cork and lack of remains at the site of the Titanic disaster, Ogden grabbed a few pieces of floating debris and “cut up” some of the Titanic life belts, which contained “a poor quality cork” (April 20, 1912) (Lot 230). In reference to the life belts he saw, Ogden wrote to another passenger, Dr. Frank Blackmarr: “The bodies that were picked up a week later were found flo
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