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Conrad, Joseph
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("J. CONRAD") TO G.F.W. HOPE, DISCUSSING THE SINKING OF THE HMS HAMPSHIRE.
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Conrad, Joseph
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("J. CONRAD") TO G.F.W. HOPE, DISCUSSING THE SINKING OF THE HMS HAMPSHIRE.
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 1,750 USD
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Conrad, Joseph
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED ("J. CONRAD") TO G.F.W. HOPE, DISCUSSING THE SINKING OF THE HMS HAMPSHIRE.
Four pages (7 15/16 x 5 in.; 201 x 125 mm) on paper. [N.P.: N.D., c. 1916]. With envelope (4 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.; 120 x 95 mm) addressed to Hope in Conrad's hand.
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"All Portsmouth is gone into mourning because of the Hampshire," Conrad writes.  "Personally I have a notion this might have been an internal explosion of some sort.  In war-time as you know accidents with ammunition will happen...I don't know, but it seems to me if I had the job of taking England's biggest naval asset to Norway I would have stuck the ship out due west for 60 miles (at least) clear of the islands before continuing on to a northerly course."

The HMS Hampshire was present at the Battle of Jutland (1916). Shortly thereafter it struck a mine laid by a German submarine, and sank west of the Orkney Islands. There was heavy loss of life, including Lord Kitchener and his staff. 

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