A unique menu from the Titanic will be offered for sale at Henry Aldridge and Son's regular Auction of Titanic, White Star, Ocean Liner and Travel Memorabilia on 23 April 2022.
The handwritten menu is undated but the auctioneers' research has led them to conclude it is most likely from the weekend that the Titanic was lost. The menu was saved by First-Class Saloon Steward Edward Wheelton.
The Officers' Quarters fore had a smoke room for them to relax but aft of the raised roof on the Boat Deck was the Officers' mess which contained a dining table to seat nine. This room was connected to a pantry with an electric dumbwaiter which was used to transport food from the First and Second-Class Galley and bring it to the Restaurant pantry and the Officers' mess pantry.
The menu is of the form seen with First-Class examples ie with embossed red White Star Line burgee and gilt OSNC (Ocean Steamship Navigation Company) and “R.M.S.
Titanic”. It is handwritten with the options of the day ranging from Porterhouse Steak, widely regarded as one of the highest-quality cuts combining the filet mignon and New York strip to Sole, chicken and lamb alongside French fried potatoes. Sweet options ranged from rhubarb and custard to Queen cakes.
This last lunch would have been enjoyed by anyone of the Captain and senior officers from Edward J. Smith from Chief Officer Henry Wilde to Second Officer Charles Lightoller and Fifth Officer Harold Lowe.
When sold the menu is expected to reach anything from £70000–£100000.
For more information about the auction or to register to bid please visit www.henryaldridge.com
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