Beautifully engraved certificate from the International Mercantile Marine Company issued from 1930-1943. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a ship similar to the HMS Titanic. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's President and Treasurer and is over 63 years old.
This International Mercantile Marine shipping trust was formed in 1902 by J.P. Morgan. This company controlled the White Star Line which constructed three sister ships the Olympic, Titanic, and Britannic. Each of these ships was identical in size being 882 1/2 feet long and 92 1/2 feet wide. The Titanic sunk on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg at 11 20 p.m. on April 14,1912.