Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Titanic: Only his postcard made it home

Belfast Telegraph:Page One/Titanic. 16/4/1912
This is an undated photo showing the bow of the Titanic at rest on the bottom of the North Atlantic, about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland. The first tourists to see the bow up close viewed it from the portholes of a tiny submersible in early September. (AP Photo/Ralph White)
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The Rev Sidney C Stuart Collett was travelling home to his parents in New York and having a bit of a sense of humour, sent them a postcard with the following verse – “Mother, put the kettle on, let’s have a cup of tea/ Ready for the dear old ‘Sid’, who’s coming home from sea;/You’ll be glad to see him, and kiss him with delight,/So mother put the kettle on, I’m coming home all right.”

It was signed Sid, and the postcard showing the Titanic was the first indication to the Rev and Mrs Mawbrey E Collett of Port Byron that their son was on board the ill-fated vessel. The next news came from reading his name in the list of survivors.

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