The Titanic player could finally get a big salary


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George Brereton was most likely on the Titanic for nefarious purposes.

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The card shark, gambler and confidant had targeted the ocean liner’s wealthy first-class passengers in his quest for wealthy people he could swindle at the card table.

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Brereton survived the Titanic, which sank on April 14, 1912, by finding his way on a lifeboat, even though it was “women and children first” and few men found places on the lifeboats.

He kept a copy of the first-class passenger list, which he had slipped into a pocket and is now up for auction.

The Daily Mail says the passenger list is expected to fetch around $95,000 when it goes up for auction this weekend at Henry Aldridge & Son Auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire.

The rare item shows Brereton’s written remarks and notations indicating who aboard the Titanic was a millionaire. In addition to being a card spoof, Brereton has been involved in horse racing scams and other questionable behavior.

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Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told the Daily Mail: “These first class passenger lists are like chicken teeth. Only a handful of them are known to exist.

“They were handed out to passengers and contained all the information they would need on board, from wireless telegraph rates to the hire of chairs and steamer blankets.

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“They also listed in AZ order the names of first class passengers.”

Brereton’s name appeared on the list as George Brayton, either a pseudonym or a misspelling.

Brereton and others were rescued after the sinking of the Titanic by the RMS Carpathia, but even then he was on the alert, approaching another survivor, Charles Stengel, and asking for help.

Brereton then contacted Stengel again and tried to implicate him in a horse racing scam, but Stengel did not take the bait.

Brereton died, a suicide, in 1942. He was 67 years old.

Ironic to think his ship could finally come to auction this weekend – 110 years later.


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