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Tuesday, 18 June, 2002, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
Titanic captain's home for sale
The birthplace of Captain Edward John Smith
Captain Smith was born in the house in 1850
The childhood home of Titanic captain Edward John Smith is being sold in Stoke-on-Trent.

The estate agent is hoping the historic connection will interest Titanic enthusiasts.

The terraced house in Well Street, Hanley, was the childhood home of Titanic captain, Edward John Smith.

Captain Smith was born in the two-bedroomed terraced house in Well Street, Hanley in 1850 and lived there until he ran away to sea in his teens.

'Significant air'

The house, which is on the market for 31,950, has been authenticated by a local historian and has a plaque on the front wall to mark the significance of the building.

Selling agent Danny Collins said there had already been a lot of interest from potential buyers, but said he would like to see it go to a Titanic enthusiast.

He told BBC News Online: "Once it becomes a family or rented property, it loses its air of significance.

A statue of Captain Edward John Smith
Captain Smith was the best captain of his day

"People don't realise the importance of it.

"It is an every day sort of house to them and it doesn't mean a great deal.

"lt would be nice to see it go to a Titanic enthusiast.

"I had a gentleman in here yesterday interested in purchasing the property with a view to renting it out to Americans, because there are enthusiasts in America who do it in a big way."

The son of a potter, Captain Smith was regarded as one of the best sea captain's of his time.

He reached the high rank in his early 20s and captained the Titanic's sister ship Olympic before being chosen to captain the ill-fated liner on her maiden voyage in 1912.

'Clever man'

Titanic expert and local historian Ray Johnson said: "How can the son of a potter born in Stoke-on-Trent - you can't get further from the sea - how can he become the top Atlantic captain of his day?

"He was a really clever guy.

"I don't think people in Stoke-on-Trent realise the global interest there still is in the Titanic.

"It's massive, certainly in the US and other countries."


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