The Iceberg That Sank TheTitanic

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An eye-witness account of sailors spotting red paint from the Titanic’s hull on the iceberg that sank her, along with a photo, have emerged after nearly a century hanging on a boardroom wall.

The never-before-seen note from the chief steward was written just hours after the ocean liner sank and describes how the crew on a passing ship spotted red paint on a huge iceberg before they even became aware of the disaster.

The account describes how the mark looked as though it had been made by ‘the scraping of a vessel’ on it, and the Titanic’s hull was painted red above the waterline.

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The picture of the iceberg taken from passing German liner Prinz Adalbert has appeared in books about the disaster but an accompanying note which gives it credibility was virtually unknown until now
The picture of the iceberg taken from passing German liner Prinz Adalbert has appeared in books about the disaster but an accompanying note which gives it credibility was virtually unknown until now

Steward Linoenewald wrote: On the day after the sinking of the Titanic, the steamer Prinz Adalbert passes the iceberg shown in this photograph. The Titanic disaster was not yet known by us. 'On one side red paint was plainly visible, which has the appearance of having been made by the scraping of a vessel on the iceberg
Steward Linoenewald wrote: On the day after the sinking of the Titanic, the steamer Prinz Adalbert passes the iceberg shown in this photograph. The Titanic disaster was not yet known by us. ‘On one side red paint was plainly visible, which has the appearance of having been made by the scraping of a vessel on the iceberg

The German steward, named only as M Linoenewald, then took a photograph of the iceberg, which has now emerged after spending nearly 100 years on the wall of a maritime law firm’s boardroom.

The written account and picture are now to go on sale for an estimate of £10,000-£15,000 in a Wiltshire auction house.

Linoenewald was the chief steward on the German liner Prinz Adalbert that passed the disaster scene on the morning of April 15. The Titanic had sunk at 2.20am on the same day.

He wrote: ‘On the day after the sinking of the Titanic, the steamer Prinz Adalbert passes the iceberg shown in this photograph. The Titanic disaster was not yet known by us.

‘On one side red paint was plainly visible, which has the appearance of having been made by the scraping of a vessel on the iceberg. SS Prinz Adalbert Hamburg America Line.’

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