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This tragic letter was sent by May Louise McMurray to her father William McMurray, a first class bedroom steward on the Titanic. The letter arrived in Southampton after Titanic had sailed so it was returned to the family.
William, born in Birkenhead, did not survive the sinking.
Their story was the inspiration behind the Sea Odyssey, an epic and emotional street theatre spectacular that took place across Liverpool, 20-22 April 2012.
Transcript of handwriting (including errors as written)
60 Empress Road
It seems ages since I last seen you. I wish we where in Southampton with you it is very lonely without you Dear Father I have not been so very well I have had a a [sic] bad throat hoping I will soon get better for Mama worries so much little Ernie as not been so well but he as got better now hoping you are keeping well dada so ta love from Ivy and and [sic] Ernie thank dada for the presents love from all dada hoping to see you soon with love from Ivy and May and Ernie xxxxxxxxxx kisses for dada x
Dada this is my first letter