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Postby Andrew Clarkson » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:42 am

The officer who was second in command during the ill-fated Titanic voyage described having a "queer feeling" about the ship, letters due to be sold at auction reveal.

Private letters written by Henry Wilde, who was the No2 to Captain Edward Smith on the infamous liner, reveal his misgivings about his posting to the ship.

The letters, which are going under the hammer on Saturday in Devizes, Wiltshire are written over a 20-year period and encompass Wilde's his entire career with the White Star Line - from being a junior officer to his transfer to Titanic as Captain Smith's second in command.

The highlight of the collection is the final letter Wilde, who was chief officer, wrote while on board the Olympic before he left for the Titanic.

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Re: Titanic officer's letter describes 'queer feeling' about

Postby VW1956 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:41 pm

Hello. It strikes me as amazing that things like this didn't get made public during the centenary.
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Postby Dave Gittins » Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:35 am

I'm sure I read about Wilde's misgivings long ago, but I cant' give chapter and verse.
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Re: Titanic officer's letter describes 'queer feeling' about

Postby Dave Gittins » Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:38 am

Encyclopedia Titanica says---


In a letter to his sister, posted at Queenstown, Wilde gave some indication that he had misgivings about the new ship: "I still don't like this ship... I have a queer feeling about it." Nonetheless things went relatively smoothly for a maiden crossing. Wilde was on the bridge from 2 am to 6 am and 2 pm to 6 pm.


I'm sure it's also in a book.
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Postby VW1956 » Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:17 pm

Thank you Dave.
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Postby Dave Gittins » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:24 am

Found it! The bit about Wilde's "queer feeling" is in Titanic Voices, published 1994.
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Re: Titanic officer's letter describes 'queer feeling' about

Postby MAB » Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:00 pm

I think, but am not sure, that it might also be in Marcus' The Maiden Voyage. My copy is currently in storage, but I'll try to dig it out some night this week and update this then.
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