– Andrew Aldridge, Henry Aldridge and Son
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.
70% of its furnishings were produced in the Midlands, its captain, Edward Smith came from Hanley, the anchor was cast in the Black Country. Now private papers have emerged a century on, that show disaster could have been avoided.