Commander Bartlett's Signature


Trevor Powell

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Captain Bartlett was the commander of the Britannic at the time of her sinking. I was given the opportunity to purchase his signature which came from a nurse's autograph book. He signed her book just 2 weeks prior to the sinking.

Has anyone seen examples of his signature?
 

Remco Hillen

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Hello Trevor,

If I'm not mistaken, this particular item has been on Ebay a while back. Can't remember exactly what happened to it, but it went for quite a price I thought. Someone with a better memory?

As to how rare it is, not much (read: almost none) items relating directly to Bartlett are offered on Ebay; certainly not items with a personal touch as an autograph. But on the other hand - with his long and active career many items will exist, but mostly in archives.

Regards,
Remco
 

Trevor Powell

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Hello Remco,

Thanks for your insights. Yes, you are correct as to the signature being offered on ebay last July. It did go for quite a hefty sum, but it failed to meet it's reserve price. Apparently after the auction ended, the seller sold it to a collector who bounced a check on him. The page was signed onboard by the captain. After the sinking this information was written on the page:

"H.M.H.S. "Britannic sunk by mine or torpedo, in Zea Channel off Athens Nov. 20, 1916, - fourteen days after the captain signed my book.

Chas. A. Bartlett"
 

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