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Sunday, September 2, 2007

 

Titanic key up for auction

‘A simple key many think could have saved the Titanic from hitting the Atlantic iceberg that sank it 95 years ago will go up for auction in Britain next month.

The key is believed to have been for the luxury oceanliner’s crow’s nest locker that held binoculars crew members could have used to search for dangerous icebergs, The Guardian reported Wednesday. The key wasn’t on the ship during its fateful 1912 maiden voyage because second officer David Blair was taken off at the last minute and he forgot to turn it over to his replacement.

Crew member Fred Fleet, who survived the sinking, told investigators if they had binoculars they would have seen the iceberg soon enough to avoid it.’




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