Incredible story of the 'true hero of the Titanic' who saved dozens of women and children

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Harold Lowe was a hero of the Titanic and some of his treasured belongings are now going on sale for £60,000. His whistle, ceremonial hat and certificate of competency are among the items.
A stunning archive that belonged to the 'true hero of the Titanic' is being put on sale by his family 108 years after the disaster for £60,000.

Harold Lowe helped scores of women and children into lifeboats and was the only officer to go back for survivors after the famous liner sank.

In the 1997 blockbuster movie, one of those in the water Lowe was portrayed as saving was Kate Winslet's character Rose.

Harold Lowe saved scores of women and children from death during the Titanic disaster after he skippered his lifeboat back to collect survivors from the water

Mr Lowe, pictured with the Titanic's surviving officers on the SS Carpathia which rescued survivors from the 1912 tragedy

This certificate was for Mr Lowe's competency as Master of a ship and is among items for sale

Mr Lowe's personal belongings include a poignant telescope given to him by real-life survivor who had it inscribed with the words 'To Harold G. Lowe....The Real Hero of the Titanic.'

There is also his officer's whistle that he may well have used on board Titanic to organise people into the lifeboats.

His archive includes a very rare photograph of all of the officers on the RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued all of the survivors hours after the 1912 tragedy.

Clearly, the fate of Titanic played on Mr Lowe's mind for years afterwards as he painted a superb watercolour picture of the 'unsinkable' ship that was cherished by his family.

A stunning officer's whistle that belonged to Mr Lowe is also among the items being sold by his family for the sum of £60,000

This is a painting of the Titanic by Mr Lowe himself, showing he was a man of many talents

Mr Lowe was the fifth officer on Titanic and was played by the British actor Ioan Gruffudd in James Cameron's film Titanic.

The moment the officer defied requests from people in his lifeboat not to go back for survivors in case they swamped the small vessel featured in end of the film.

The archive now belongs to a direct descendant of Mr Lowe…
By Darren Boyle for MailOnline
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