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Titanic SOS ship artefacts for sale

Artefacts from the ship which failed to answer a call for help from the Titanic go up for auction in Northern Ireland next month.

A menu card from the SS California is among lots being sold in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. There will also be postcards featuring the vessel.

A total of 1,523 people died in April 1912 after the Titanic sank in the north Atlantic.

The California did not received the Titanic's SOS even though it was one of the closest ships because it had shut down operations due to ice.

Gerry McAfee, auctioneer at McAfee Auctions, said: "These items are so inextricably connected to the ship that we expect interest to be high."

The auction organisers have up for sale a postcard of the SS California, a menu card dated 17 April 1913, and a View Scotland by Anchor Line postcard again showing the SS California.