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THE captain of the Titanic may have been under the influence of alcohol when the liner hit an iceberg, according to a never-seen-before letter.

Survivor Emily Richards claimed she saw Captain Edward Smith drinking in the saloon bar of the ship in the run-up to the disaster.

The history books record the white-whiskered skipper attending a first class dinner party a few hours before the collision and then retiring to his cabin.

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