More Cornish Artefacts lent to Maritime Museum before Titanic Departs

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2 June 2009

With just weeks to go before the Titanic Honour and Glory exhibition departs on the 21 June, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall has been lent two more fascinating artefacts with a Cornish connection.

With just weeks to go before the Titanic Honour and Glory exhibition departs on the 21 June, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall has been lent two more fascinating artefacts with a Cornish connection.

Local historian and author Ernie Warmington has come forward with a Christmas card and memorial postcard.

The Christmas card was sent to Lulu Drew, the widow of James Drew, originally from Constantine. Lulu and James had emigrated to America in 1896 and in 1912 they returned to Cornwall to visit family. For their return journey to America they travelled on Titanic, and their cabin was next to that of Emily Richards of Newlyn. Remarkably descendants of Emily Richards have also lent items to the Museum for the exhibition.

Sadly James lost his life in the disaster on 15 April 1912. The Christmas card reads: "At this time of year our thoughts are with Lulu Drew who lost her husband James when the Titanic sank. From Aunt Bessie xx"

Ernie Warmington has also lent the Museum a memorial postcard that was sent from Portscatho to Mylor. Memorial postcards were printed after the disaster to help raise funds for the survivors.

Ernie Warmington says: "I've visited the Museum to see the Titanic exhibition and the Cornish connections on display have made a real impact. I knew I had these objects and that they would be of great local interest, I just didn't know where to lay my hands on them until now!"

The Christmas card and memorial postcard are on display now at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. The Titanic Honour and Glory exhibition ends on the 21 June.