The Titanic lunch menu that is going to auction is deemed as the “Titanic last lunch menu” before the unsinkable ship did the unthinkable. The lunch menu, besides being the last bit of food offered to the passengers of Titanic in a formal lunch setting, has another back story that comes along with it, offering even more intrigue and a dark tale.
According to MSN News on August 30, this menu was saved by a passenger who jumped on board lifeboat one, the so-called “money boat” on this dark day in history back in 1912. This boat was designed to carry a capacity of 40 people, but the small life-saving vessel allegedly left with only 12 passengers on board escaping a watery death.
These 12 people got their own boat when one of the crew members was bribed by an elite first-class passenger. He was paid handsomely, the legend goes, to row away from the ship before it could be swamped with panicked passengers. Of course the women and children were to go into the lifeboats first, but the tale goes that this man’s bribe got him a guaranteed seat.
The menu that survived with a passenger in this “money boat” offers the description of an upscale lunch. The cuisine of the era included dumplings, corned beef and other items deemed delectable enough for the elite of the day. Much of the items listed on the menu are probably not choices that would be considered part of a healthy lunch by today’s standards.
This “money boat” is an “unfounded rumor” that has been passed down from the tales told about the Titanic through the decades. What isn’t a rumor though is that this menu was on the Titanic as it was sinking and made it aboard a lifeboat in someone’s coat pocket. It is in fairly good shape for being a castaway so many years ago and it’s expected to get a high bid between $50,000 and $70,000.
According to ABC News, “The online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs is offering the menu and two other previously unknown artifacts from Lifeboat 1 on Sept. 30.”
Along with the menu a few other artifacts linked to the Titanic are also up for auction. One item is a letter that was written by a Titanic survivor 6-months after the ill-fated ship went down. The letter is expected to go for somewhere in the $4,000 to $6,000 range.
A ticket from the Turkish bath on board the luxury ocean liner also survived and is up for auction. This ticket recorded a person’s weight when sitting in a lavish chair in the bathes and it is expected to rake in about $10,000.
This auction will be available as part of eBay’s live auctions on September 30. You can check out the Titanic items up for auction, which can also be seen on eBay by clicking here!