Pocket watch of Titanic clerk sells for $116,000 at auction

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FILE – In this April 10, 1912 file photo the Titanic leaves Southampton, England on her maiden voyage. The company that owns the salvage rights to the Titanic shipwreck has indefinitely delayed plans to retrieve and exhibit the vessel’s radio equipment because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a court filing made by the firm on Friday Jan. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/File) AP

Pocket watch of Titanic clerk sells for $116,000 at auction

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A gilded pocket watch belonging to one of the RMS Titanic’s postal clerks sold for $116,000 at the auction block last weekend.

The watch belonged to Oscar Scott Woody and stopped when the ship went down in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, according to a report.

An imprint on the watch from the minute hand still shows between the four and five on the watch’s face, which coincides with the time experts believe the Titanic sank beneath the waves.

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Woody served as the postal clerk of the doomed luxury passenger liner, and his watch was discovered when his body was pulled from the ocean 10 days after the ship’s sinking.

It is believed that Woody and four men serving alongside him worked quickly to rescue hundreds of sacks of mail, the report noted.

The pocket watch and its broken chain were returned to his widow and eventually made their way to a private collection that was sold at Henry Aldridge & Sons in the United Kingdom.

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The auction house has previously sold a Titanic’s first-class stewardess’ fur coat and a letter from a passenger.

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