Titanic captain’s cigar box sells for £25,000

by Jenny Novac on May 20, 2011

A cigar box once owned by the captain of the Titanic has been sold for £25,000 at an auction in Liverpool.

The walnut humidor was discovered gathering dust on a bedroom cabinet in the Merseyside home of Hilary Mee.

The cigar box is a 12-inch wide humidor weighing three pounds. This is what the current owner, Hilary Mee, said about the cigar box: “According to my father he was given the box by a member of the family of Captain Smith’s wife.

A cigar box with the initials " EJS " was discovered to belong to Edward John Smith, the Captain of the Titanic.

It has been passed down through two generations before Doris Harrington, Captain Smith’s great-niece gave it to my parents….

It’s been in our family since the early 1990s but we were never really aware of its real significance “. RIP to the 1,517 people who perished, including Captain Smith, in one of the worst maritime disasters in world history. The cigar box will be auctioned on May 19th 2011 in Liverpool.

Ms Mee said she had no idea the item was connected to the ill-fated vessel, even though it had been lying around her home for 20 years.

The box carries the distinctive emblem of the White Star Line shipping company and bears the initials of the master of the passenger liner, Edward John Smith, who was from Stoke-on-Trent.

At first Mr Crane could not work out what the initials stood for but he said a tingle went down his spine when he realised it belonged to the ship’s captain.

Ms Mee said the box had been in her family for several generations. It is thought to have been given to her father by relatives of Edward John Smith’s widow, Sarah.

The box is lined with camphor wood and was designed to hold 40 of the finest Havana cigars.

The RMS Titanic was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast and sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912.

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