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Titanic warning notes up for sale

A safety official who inspected Titanic before its maiden voyage thought it should have more lifeboats, according to his private notes, which are up for auction later this month.

However, Capt Maurice Clarke, a Board of Trade safety and emigration officer, didn't express that belief when he testified at the official British inquiry into the ship's sinking.


He also was not asked then whether he thought Titanic carried an adequate number of lifeboats. The US Senate's inquiry concluded that 2,223 people were aboard the Titanic but there was room for fewer than 1,200 in its lifeboats.

Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers are offering 70 pages of Clarke's private papers at a sale on November 24 at Devizes, England.

It's the last of a series of sales marking the centennial of the ship's sinking.