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Pictured: The minutes of the meeting. <br />
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Rare documents revealing how the shameless owners of the Titanic portrayed themselves as the victims and lauded their chairman who controversially survived the disaster have sold for £12,500.<br />
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The minutes for a special board meeting held in the wake of the tragedy show how bosses of White Star Line were more concerned with themselves than the victims. <br />
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They were particularly worried about the psychological effect the ordeal would have on Bruce Ismay, who became known as the 'coward of the Titanic'.<br />
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Mr Ismay, the chairman of White Star Line, survived the tragedy by deserting the liner and taking a place in a lifeboat. In James Cemeron's 1997 blockbuster movie, Ismay was portrayed as bullying the crew to go faster only to sneak into a lifeboat as the ship went down after it hit an iceberg.<br />
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The minutes were part of an archive which went under the hammer with auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son, of Devizes, Wilts.