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Titanic photo shows rare glimpse of burial at sea…..


A rare, dark glimpse of the days that followed the sinking of the Titanic is being sold off by an English auction house later this month.
Henry Aldridge and Son is selling a photograph of a burial at sea, believed to be on board the Mackay-Bennett. The cable ship based out of Halifax was the first to search for bodies after the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.
“It’s pretty much an unwritten rule that no one went on the Mackay-Bennett with a camera for obvious reasons,” said Andrew Aldridge, of the auction house.
“In the grand scheme of things, it’s a very valuable photograph. We’re estimating £3,000 [$5,000] to £5,000 [$8,350] pounds, which for a photograph is a lot of money. However, it is an incredibly rare image.”
Aldridge said the photographer likely had to be discreet, which would have been difficult considering the size of cameras at the time.
“It shows us the horrific conditions aboard that ship. You had people being buried at sea. You look at that image, and you can see the bodies are stacked between two and three high.”
Aldridge said another remarkable feature of the photograph is that historians are certain they can pinpoint the day it was taken.
“In the foreground, there is a body with a small canvas bag attached to it with the number 177 stencilled on it. That was to a gentleman called William Mayo, and we know William Mayo was buried at sea on the 24th of April, 1912,” he said.
The photograph will be sold during a sale that includes 250 pieces of Titanic memorabilia on Oct.19. Aldridge said there has been significant interest in the piece already.
The Titanic went down after hitting an iceberg 565 kilometres south of Newfoundland, killing 1,517 people.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico….Balloon glow to honor Sandy Hook victims


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Balloon glow to honor Sandy Hook tragedies

Balloon Fiesta Park will host a unique tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy Friday night — a balloon glow in their memory.

Organizers said it’s a very New Mexico way to show support for the families affected by the tragedy.

“I hope it puts a smile on their face, I hope that they know that our thoughts and our prayers are with them. We can’t be up there, but we can do something for them here and I hope they do see it,” said local pilot and organizer Slade Bogle.

The idea of a balloon glow memorial started off small, hoping for 26 balloons, one to honor each victim. Now, it’s grown to more than 40 balloons and will be held at Balloon Fiesta Park.

“We are the balloon capital of the world and I figured what better way to do it, than put on a glow and show everybody how much we care,” says Bogle.

Bogle said the tragedy hits home, no matter where you are.

“I have a six year old and a three year old. I can’t imagine knowing that I would never be able to hug them again. It would kill me. This is for all the parents that lost their children, all the teachers, everyone. I know everybody is hurting and this is all we can do so we are going to do it,” says Bogle.

The balloon glow memorial is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Balloon Fiesta Park.
The event and parking are free.

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