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By miracle Mrs. Stone and I found each other in the same boat, where we were about 30 people. The officer told us ‘Row hard, you only have twenty-five minutes to save your life.’ I took the oars and rowed with so much energy that I had bloody hands and paralyzed wrists because we had to be quick to escape the immense abyss that the Titanic was going to open while sinking. It is at that time that I noticed that someone was crouched under me. I did not have the strength to reveal his presence. I have never known who [were] the men who saved his life that way. While we were moving away on the nearly calm sea, only slightly lit by the lantern that the officer was holding, I did not keep my eyes off the [Titanic’s] blazing lights. Suddenly complete and impenetrable obscurity, horrible screams, shouting broke in the midst of creaks from the ship, then it was all. I sometimes still dream about it.”
Delgado, a 29-year-old U.S. Marine based in Florida who also owns Icard’s passport, purchased the letters at a 2012 Titanic online auction. The $6,300 sale was confirmed for Yahoo Shine on Wednesday by RR Auction house spokesperson Bobby Livingston, who says the letters were sold fully translated. However, Delgado explains, when he recently took the pages out of their packaging to finally get them framed and hung, he saw that the auction house neglected to include the English version. “I could have easily called the auction house,” he admits. “But I was on Reddit and decided to just try it that way. I thought other people would appreciate it and enjoy it.”
reply to post by VoidHawk
I'm trying. The cursive along with the need to translate is making it a pain. Doing my best but ?'s are where I cannot identify the word.
Here's my best shot at it:
Back in Europe, after passing through Paris and London, we embarked on the Titanic on April 10, 1912.
It was Mrs. Stone, who purchased the tickets in London and told me, ?, that we would embark on the very beautiful ?.
The preceding(?) nights, I dreamt of death, of trunks ?, a presentiment (ie. foresight, warning, omen) perhaps, that I should not have chosen the Titanic.
Captain Smith, through his appointment designated by the White Star Line, was to drive this floating palace on its first voyage. (tough one, someone might do better lol). I can still see his ? (vicillard?) beautiful white beard.
It was him who helped me onto the the boat of ?.
After four days of ? ephemeral and splendid transatlantic and the writing/translation combo gets to brutal to read. It seems like she's possibly talking about the trip in those few days. Very ceremonial dinners of a truly royal nature? Something like that. She says something about diamond, worthy of ? Oriental. Basically, really fancy. The writing is just too cramped for me to translate.
Sorry, I tried.
reply to post by sled735
Sigh, lol, I should've just expected Reddit.
editby]edit on 28/3/14 by WhiteAlice because: added second reply
The worst of human nature often brings out the best in short order. 20 men murdered thousands on 9/11, but hundreds more charged into certain death on the off chance they could help a stranger. Millions perished in the Holocaust, yet there were those who risked their's and their families' lives to smuggle those selected for death to safety. And when an arrogant boast of man's domination of nature was quashed in the North Atlantic, those willing to forfeit their lives so others may live were present, still.