– Captain Maurice Clarke
To deviate from regulations which had been drawn up by the Advisory Committee of Ships' owners and approved by my department would leave me without support.
"I might be shifted as suggest to me by owners if I enforced my views as to efficiency"
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.