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Real or FakeStudies in Authentication$
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Joe Nickell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125343

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125343.001.0001

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Debris from the Titanic

Debris from the Titanic

(p.191) Chapter 15 Debris from the Titanic
Real or Fake

Joe Nickell

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines if the three artifacts bearing labels identifying them as part of the Titanic are really from that ill-fated ship. The first was a piece of shaped, partially painted wood labelled as part of a panel from the wreckage ship Titanic. The second was a smaller block of wood labelled as part of door from the wreckage ship Titanic. The third was a metal nut and bolt to which was tied a paper tag labelled Bolt from Companionway from wreckage of Str. Titanic. The various details provided credible testimony that the artifacts were what they purported to — relics of the wreckage from the 1912 Titanic disaster, picked up by the cable steamer Minia and labelled in a manner that gave them the impress of time.

Keywords:   cable steamer Minia, Titanic, wood, wreckage, bolt, artifacts

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