Plaque to commemorate Captain Smith

Captain's plaque unveiled in Stoke

Captain Edward Smith of the Titanic came from Stoke-on-Trent. Today events were held to remember him and all that sailed in her.

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Titanic II: could this mean business for the Midlands?

The 'unsinkable' Titanic sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg, killing 1,500 people Credit: PA

With news an Australian billionaire is planning to build a full life-size replica of the Titanic, could it mean work here for businesses in the Midlands?

Artists impression of the Titanic II in New York - where the original ship never arrived Credit: Blue Star Line

Many items on the original ship were designed and made in the region including beds in Birmingham, china in Derby and the anchor in the Black Country.

Plans to build a full life size replica of the Titanic by mining tycoon Clive Palmer were revealed in New York yesterday.

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Auctioneers on the Titanic notes

The most damning documents in the archive relate to Captain Clarke's visits and inspections of Titanic on Thursday 4th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April.

They give a detailed account of the lifeboat drills, tests and an inventory of the distress signals and equipment kept on-board which bizarrely included only six life buoys - a staggering statistic considering Titanic could accommodate over 3,000 souls.

"Most controversially he states that he wanted 50% more lifeboats on board, suggestions ignored by the White Star Line.

– Andrew Aldridge, Henry Aldridge and Son

Titanic warning notes 'not even presented'

Notes warning the Titanic required more lifeboats were not even presented to the inquiry into the disaster.

The notes were written by Stoke-on-Trent born Captain Maurice Clarke the board of trade safety and emigration official who inspected the Titanic before it set sail.

Leading auctioneers of Titanic memorabilia, Henry Aldridge and Son, will put the notes on sale during their final auction this year. They said they are estimated to fetch £20,000-£30,000.

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Titanic disaster could have been averted

Papers state the man responsible for the safety of the Titanic demanded 50% more lifeboats were available
Papers state the man responsible for the safety of the Titanic demanded 50% more lifeboats were available Credit: PA

Seventy percent of the Titanic's furnishings were produced in the Midlands, its captain, Edward Smith came from Hanley, and the anchor was cast in the Black Country.

Now private papers have emerged a century on, that show it could have been a very different ending for the ship of dreams

Private papers from the man responsible for making sure the Titanic was safe to sail have emerged that show he demanded 50% more lifeboats but was pressurised by the White Star Line into backing down.

The documents have come to light a century after 1,500 people perished when the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic sank into icy waters during her maiden voyage on April 15 1912.

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