‘Titanic iceberg’ photograph to be auctioned

The photograph of the iceberg was taken the day after the Titanic sank in April 1912
A photograph purporting to be of the iceberg that sank the Titanic is to go under the hammer.

A photograph purporting to be of the iceberg that sank the Titanic is to go under the hammer.

The picture was taken by the chief steward of a liner that passed the iceberg the day after the disaster, which claimed the lives of around 1,500 people.

He was still unaware of the sinking but describes seeing scrapings of red paint on the side of the iceberg.

The photograph will be sold by Henry Aldridge & Son alongside a previously unpublished document written by the chief steward of the Prinz Adalbert.

“On the day after the sinking of the Titanic, the steamer Prinz Adalbert passes the iceberg shown in this photograph,” it reads.

“The Titanic disaster was not yet known by us. On one side red paint was plainly visible, which has the appearance of having been made by the scraping of a vessel on the iceberg. SS Prinz Adalbert Hamburg America Line.”

The document is then signed by the chief steward and three other crewmen.

The Titanic sank on April 14 1912 during its maiden voyage to New York from Southampton.

The photo will go under the hammer in Devizes, Wiltshire on October 24 and is estimated to sell for between £10,000 to £15,000.