Saturday, 23 June 2012
Titanic assistant ship's surgeon Dr John Simpson's note to his mother will go on display this summer at the new Belfast visitors' centre dedicated to the liner. It was brought ashore at Cobh, County Cork, the Titanic's last stop. Days later on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic in April 1912, it sank with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.
Dr Simpson was married and had one son when he took the commission on Titanic. He previously worked on another White Star Line ship, the Olympic. In his letter, dated 11 April 1912, Dr Simpson said he was settling into his cabin well and that the accommodation on board his new vessel was larger.
(thanks Miss Rare)