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Pic: HAldridge/BNPS<br />
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The captain of the Minia William DeCarteret.<br />
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A poignant cross made from drift wood from the Titanic by a seaman tasked with recovering the bodies from the disaster as surfaced 107 years later.<br />
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The small religious symbol was delicately hand carved by Samuel Smith, a joiner on the cable-laying ship Minia which was tasked with searching for bodies.<br />
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Mr Smith was so moved by the macabre experience that he honoured the victims by creating the wooden cross on a three-tiered plinth.<br />
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He made it from a piece of oak wood he plucked from the ocean that has come from the sunken liner.<br />
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The archive is estimated to sell for £35,000 at H Aldridge in Devizes.