Key carried by Dundee man might have stopped Titanic sink

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Key carried by Dundee man might have stopped Titanic sink

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:17 am

A key which could have potentially saved the legendary Titanic from sinking has been sold for £90,000 at auction.

The small iron key — carried by a Dundee-born second officer — is thought to have secured the binoculars for the Titanic’s crow’s nest (the ship’s lookout point) and had been accidentally taken off the ship before it sailed.

In an inquiry after the Titanic sank, one of the lookouts said the binoculars could have prevented it from hitting a giant iceberg, which resulted in the ship sinking and the deaths of 1,517 passengers and crew.

The key was carried by Broughty Ferry-born David Blair, who — in what may have been a catastrophic turn of events — was replaced at the last minute by another second officer and failed to pass it over.

This meant the key never made the Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in April 1912, as it remained inside the pocket of Blair.

Read more; https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/lo ... c-sinking/
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