Blanket of Warsaw-Born Titanic Survivor Auctioned
An auction in England has sold the blanket used by Warsaw-born Bert Pickard (formerly Bert Trembisky) on a lifeboat to escape the sinking Titanic. Then 32-years old, the Polish-Jewish immigrant was on his way to San Francisco via New York in the Titanic's third class.
Pickard escaped the sinking ship by finding a ladder and climbing up to first class. He was given a blanket and managed to find a place on a lifeboat. The passengers of this lifeboat were rescued by the RMS Carpathia, named after the southern Polish Carpathian mountains.
The blanket was sold at an auction held by Partridge and Bray in Liverpool for 5400 pounds. This month marks the 100 year anniversary of the tragic fate of the Titanic, which sank on April 10 1912.