Stengel, Charles Emil Henry, Titanic Survivor (1857-1914) Autograph Letter Signed, 3 May 1912.
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Stengel, Charles Emil Henry, Titanic Survivor (1857-1914) Autograph Letter Signed, 3 May 1912. Single leaf of Stengel's family business stationery, Stengel & Rothschild, Tanners & Manufacturers of Patent Enameled & Fancy Leather, in Newark, New Jersey, inscribed on one leaf, with holograph envelope. To Charles Gorsuch, of Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, regarding his experiences onboard the Titanic. Old folds, envelope dusty, 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 in.
"My experience on the 'Titanic' was such as no one can realize the experience is often written about in books but very rarely experienced by people. Until I was allowed to get into a boat the suspense was fearful as my wife was in the second boat lowered and they only allowed women in the boats until all were loaded that were around. It was only by luck I walked to the emergency boat which was away from the regular life saving boats. After being afloat for about an hour I saw the boilers explode and the ship go down. At that moment about 1600 people jumped into the ocean and began to cry for help, this cry which was like a wail I will never forget. After floating about 5 hours we were picked up by the 'Carpathia' and of course was relieved when I found my wife."
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