A DEEP sea explorer who discovered the remains of the Titanic visited East Grinstead to purchase a piece of its history.
Tom Dettweiler arrived in town last week, after learning a pocket watch found on a body recovered from the sea shortly after the disaster was on sale.
The 60-year-old bought the timepiece belonging to steward Thomas Mullins from the East Grinstead Watch Company, in the High Street, after admitting an "unusual feeling" came over him when he held a similar watch that had been on the Titanic.
"These were the items that documented the disaster," he said. "You can only imagine the owners looking at them repeatedly, first to note when the collision with the iceberg happened, then to look hopelessly at how much time had passed with still no rescue in site, then to note the time of the final plunge.