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Last letter written on Titanic is back 'home'

A letter reputed to be the last written on board the Titanic has gone on display in a centre dedicated to the doomed liner.

The historic artefact, written by a mother and daughter who survived the ship's sinking, was never sent and was recently bought by a Scottish couple for almost £120,000.

Edinburgh businessman Garreth Wood and his wife Nicola, both long-time Titanic enthusiasts, have loaned the letter to Titanic Belfast.

The letter was written by Essex-born Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva just eight hours before the ship hit an iceberg and sank in April 1912.

Intended for her mother in Chadwell Heath, Mrs Hart's document only survived because it was in the pocket of her husband's coat which he had given her to keep warm.

He was one of more than 1,500 people to die in the disaster.

The letter was sold for £119,000 at auction in April 2014. The Woods then bought it from the auction buyer.

"This letter is not only a direct link to maritime history, but it also gives a fantastic account of daily life aboard the Titanic," said Mr Wood. "The Titanic exhibition in Belfast is the perfect place to showcase this unique piece of history."

Tim Husbands, Titanic Belfast's CEO, said: "This letter carries vast historical significance and Titanic Belfast will provide the ideal home for the next five years."

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