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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Titanic Disaster Avoidable

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.