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Rare Titanic film is found in attic

LONG-LOST film footage of the Titanic, showing the doomed ship moving slowly through Belfast Lough, has been discovered in the loft of a house in Glasgow.

The 12-minute Gaumont newsreel - much of it never shown in public - was shot in the days before the "unsinkable" White Star liner set off on its maiden voyage. .

The 93-year-old film - still in perfect condition despite its heavily corroded case - is accompanied by a slip of paper bearing the words: "From the Odeon Cinema, Greenock. Please return the contents."

But the newsreel was never returned - and spent spent several decades in the shed of an unnamed couple's house in Greenock before being transferred to the loft of their son and daughter-in-law in central Glasgow.

Now the film of the 1912 disaster, which claimed 1,523 lives after the Titanic grazed an iceberg and sank, is set to fetch around Stg£8,000 (?11,525) at auction.

Alan Aldridge, of auctioneers Aldridge's, said yesterday: "It is an amazing find. We sold a six-minute Titanic newsreel for Stg£5,000 (?7,200) last September - but this is more than twice as long and contains much material never previously shown."

The footage features images of Jack Binns - the first man to use an SOS message at sea - and Captain Arthur Rostron of the rescue ship Carpathia.

Passenger and crew survivors are shown being brought ashore and interviewed by reporters.The film is offered for sale by the anonymous owners at the annual British Titanic Society Convention in Southampton on April 8.

At the same sale, a six foot long blueprint of the water and plumbing systems of the Titanicis set to fetch Stg£ 20, 000 - Stg£ 25, 000 (?28,800 - ?36,000).

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