Answered by Sarah Starkey, Curator of Maritime Archives, National Museums Liverpool
What is the most famous item in your collection?
Question by Sam Corrigan
Answered by Sarah Starkey, Curator of Maritime Archives
My name is Sarah Starkey. I'm the curator of maritime archives at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. We look after the paper and photographic collections and we are often asked what is our most high profile item. It would probably be this, which is a first class ticket for the Titanic, the maiden and only voyage of the Titanic, which was for Reverend Stuart Holden, who was supposed to sail on the ship and his wife was taken ill, so he did not go. And then after obviously the ship had sunk and hundreds of people had tragically died he framed the ticket and put it above his desk so he could always be reminded of how God had saved him, in his view. Later it was donated to the museum by the family and it will feature in a new exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
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