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35 or even 40 years ago I wrote to Walter Lord, the author of A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, and asked him what he knew about the possible existence of an Egyptian mummy aboard the TITANIC.
He replied that he had examined the ship's cargo lists and bills of lading before writing his book and there was absolutely no mention of such an object.
Years later, within the past decade, I read elsewhere that W. T. Stead had spent the first days of the cruise both terrorizing and enthralling the First Class female passengers by insisting that there was in fact a "cursed" mummy on board. He apparently made up the entire story out of whole cloth just to entertain the ladies.
That would explain it.
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Years ago I wrote to Walter Lord, author of A NIGHT TO REMEMBER and asked him what he knew about the mummy supposedly being shipped aboard the TITANIC.
He replied that there was no such item mentioned on any of the shipping lists or bills of lading he'd perused while researching his book.
Lord guessed that the story was invented by British yellow journalists in the 1930s.
Edit - Whoops! Sorry for the repeat posting!
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