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Ten crew members pose for the press before their congressional testimony

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Ten crew members pose for the press before their congressional testimony

Vintage matte-finish Clinedinst press photo of 10 surviving Titanic crew members who will be witnesses at the congressional investigation, trimmed to a size of 6.5 x 4.5, with press stamps and typed captions affixed to the reverse. The crewman’s last names are listed in the caption and include: Archer, Fleet, Perkis, Bright, Hogg, Moore, and Etches. In fine condition. Following the sinking of the Titanic, the US Senate launched a full investigation into the events leading up to the tragedy. Chaired by Michigan Senator William Alden Smith, the subcommittee interviewed surviving passengers and crew, along with those who had aided in the rescue efforts, taking testimony regarding ice warnings received, the number of lifeboats, and the handling of the evacuation, among other things. As indicated on the reverse of this photo, these men were among the over 80 witnesses called. The final report was presented to the Senate on May 28, 1912, and led to crucial changes in safety practices on ocean liners. An excellent, original press photo of 10 lucky survivors of the Titanic disaster, who played an important role in the investigations that followed. RR Auction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Titanic Auction
  • Dates: #427 - Ended April 24, 2014