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Titanic maid's outfit on show at museum.

IT may look like a humble white cotton apron.

But the maid's outfit, which belonged t o Laura Mabel Francatelli, may be the only surviving clothing worn on the Titanic the night it sank in April 1912.

Now it is taking pride of place in the Merseyside Maritime Museum's Titanic display.

Laura Francatelli was one of only 12 survivors in Emergency Lifeboat One - dubbed the 'millionaires' boat' by the press - in which she escaped the disaster with her employers Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff-Gordon.

Up to 1,517 people died after the White Star liner struck an iceberg in the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, this Saturday marks the 90th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat during World War I with the loss of over 1,200 lives.

The Albert Dock museum has acquired a sofa cushion from the first class music room on the liner, which was retrieved from the sea off the Irish coast with a boat hook.

Among other items going on display from Saturday are a sidelight pattern for the Titanic and a number of items belonging t o junior 5th engineer John Henry Hayes, who died in the 1915 tragedy.

The annual service in memory of the 1,200 people who died will be held at 1.15pm on Saturday Read more about the Lusitania in the ECHO's Year of the Sea Part II special publication, which is out now priced pounds 1.50


HISTORIC: Maritime collections curator Ellie Downes with the dress from the Titanic and, right, the Lusitania in Liverpool in 1907 Main picture: JASON ROBERTS
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 4, 2005
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