MENU OF FINAL LUNCH ON RMS TITANIC TO SELL FOR $150,000 AT AUCTION.

(Left: Dr. Dodge, Mrs. Dodge and Master Dodge)

Liner and Social History:  The RMS TITANIC menu was on the table of first-class passenger Dr Washington Dodge, a prominent banker from San Francisco, who was traveling to America with his wife, Ruth, and son, Washington Junior.

A menu, dated April 14 1912, shows the luxury food offered up to first-class passengers on the last day on board the stricken ship.

Over several courses, and with 40 options on offer, the cream of Edwardian society were served a choice of such dishes as eggs Argenteuil, consomme fermier, chicken a la Maryland, galantine of chicken or grilled mutton chops.

The menu was on the table of first-class passenger Dr Washington Dodge, a prominent banker from San Francisco, who was travelling to America with his wife, Ruth, and son, Washington Junior.

Mrs Dodge slipped the menu into her handbag before carrying on with her day – unaware of what was to come.

Mrs Dodge and her son survived the tragedy after being ushered on to a lifeboat and the menu, which had remained in her bag, has stayed with the family ever since.

The sale is being held by Henry Aldridge & Son – the world’s leading auctioneers Titanic memorabilia – to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic on March 31.

”The sale will be 100 years to the day after Titanic was finished at Harland and Wolff,” spokesman Andrew Aldridge said. ”The star of the auction is one of the rarest items of Titanic memorabilia to be sold in recent years.Any menu from the Titanic is highly prized but collectors will be offered the opportunity of a lifetime when a first-class menu from the last lunch ever held on board the Titanic goes under the auctioneer’s hammer.The menu carries the all-important date of April 14 and gives the reader a fascinating insight into the culinary life of Titanic’s elite passengers.  This remarkable relic from one of the most infamous nights of the 20th century carries a pre-sale estimate of £60,000 to £100,000.”

RMS Titanic left Belfast on April 2 1912 – the start of a journey which ended in tragedy in the cold North Atlantic on April 14 with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

Dr Dodge was saved from the sinking vessel by steward Frederick Dent Ray, who had served the family on a previous crossing and pushed him on to the 13th lifeboat, full of children, saying he needed his help in caring for the youngsters.

”Shortly after arriving in New York aboard the rescue ship Carpathia, Dr Dodge was interviewed and gave his account of the last hours of the ship,” Mr Aldridge said.

Dr Dodge said in interview: ”The passengers were constantly being assured that there was no danger, but that as a matter of extra precaution the women and children should be placed in the lifeboats.  Everything was still quiet and orderly when I placed Mrs Dodge and the boy in the fourth or fifth boat.  I did what I could to help in keeping order, as after the sixth or seventh boat was launched the excitement began.  Some of the passengers fought with such desperation to get into the lifeboats that the officers shot them, and their bodies fell into the ocean.  I have learned since that 12 of the steerage passengers were shot altogether, one officer shooting down six. The first-cabin men and women behaved with great heroism.”

Mrs Dodge is said to have added: ”I will never forget the awful scene of the great steamer as we drew away.”

The auction will take place at Henry Aldridge & Son’s saleroom in Devizes, Wiltshire, UK.

Contact Alan or Andrew Aldridge on 0044 1380 729199 or andrew@henry-aldridge.co.uk for further details.

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About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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