WILLIAM MACQUITTY (1905-2004) WITNESSED THE CONSTRUCTION AND LAUNCH OF R.M.S TITANIC AS A BOY GROWING UP IN BELFAST.
Over fifty years later, he produced his best-known film "A Night to Remember", based on Walter Lord's book of the same name. Widely praised for its authenticity, the film benefited from MacQuitty's persuasive charm in getting first hand advice from the survivors of the disaster and shipyard workers, who had built R.M.S TITANIC. The following Items were owned/acquired by William MacQuitty during the production, research and release of the film
"A Night to Remember".
The sale of these items will benefit The MacQuitty Charitable Foundation in Northern Ireland.
WILLIAM MACQUITTY COLLECTION: White metal purse and coin given to Joe Mulholland, a fireman onboard the Titanic on her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton.
The purse and coin were given to William MacQuitty by Mr. Mulholland in January 1957, said to have been recovered from a Titanic lifeboat by John 'Pancake' Baker, who however disembarked in Southampton. A letter accompanies the lot.
The story is featured in the book "Titanic memories - The making of a Night to Remember" along with the full details of how it was obtained. It is to be noted that the authenticity in relation to this object ever being on the Titanic cannot be established other than the fact it was given by a crew-member (Mulholland).
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