Esther & Eva Hart Letter

The last letter ever to be written on board the Titanic, which sold at auction for a world record sum of £119,000, is now on display at Titanic Belfast.

The historic artefact, written by a mother and daughter who survived the ship’s sinking but was never sent, is currently on loan for five years.

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. The letter, intended for her mother in Chadwell Heath, 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 over 1,500 people to die in the disaster.

The letter has been loaned to Titanic Belfast by Scottish businessman Garreth Wood and his wife Nicola, long-time Titanic enthusiasts who recently bought it from the auction buyer.

Esther Heart Letter on display at Titanic Belfast