Of all the things that still interest us about the Titanic, the life-boat food provisions aren’t exactly one of them. However, some people are still fascinated enough by the 1912 sinking of the “unsinkable” ship that they’re willing to spend exorbitant amounts of money to own a cookie that’s over a hundred years old.
Hey—to each is own.
And yes, the biscuit is still edible. It was originally owned by Titanic passengers James and Mabel Fenwick, newlyweds who were on their way to a three-month European honeymoon when the Titanic hit the iceberg. They were rescued via the SS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the survivors. The cookie was part of their survival kit in the Titanic’s rescue boat.
This is a tough cookie.
The Washington Post says the biscuit’s extreme longevity is due to its hardiness. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told the Washington Post:
“If you get one of those and leave it out, it will dry and it will fossilize. If you left a slice of bread out, it would go green and start to rot, but hot cross buns don’t, and neither do these biscuits.”
“I couldn’t imagine anything less appetizing, but if you’re in a rowing boat in the middle of the ocean, you’d certainly eat it with the rest of them.”
Well, there’s now a collector in Greece who is $23,000 poorer, but he’s got an indestructible cracker to show for it. So there’s that, at least. I hope he doesn’t end up eating it, because that would make one hella expensive snack.