It might look like a tatty old leather suitcase but beyond its worn exterior and broken straps lies a remarkable story.
Ralph Bowes, of Garforth, Leeds, has owned the case since he first stumbled across it in his grandfather's loft over 50 years ago.
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It had belonged to a worker aboard the Titanic and but for a twist of fate neither it or Mr Bowes would be here at all.
He told Yorkshire Diary the story behind his brown leather suitcase and
why it is so significant to him.
"I was about 10 or 11 when I first found it in my grandfather's attic" recalled the 65-year-old former machine fitter. "I was poking around, as you do when you are that age and I asked him what it was and he said I could have it.
"He told me the story behind it and how he came to have it."
Mr Bowes' grandfather, Samuel Kyle, was a French polisher who lived in Belfast, Ireland, which is where the most famous ship in history was built. He worked on the Titanic and was due to sail with it on its maiden voyage. Until that was his grandmother, Gladys, intervened.
"She begged him not to go," said Mr Bowes. "My grandfather was working on the ship and parts of it were still unfinished when it set sail and they wanted him to stay on board and carry on working but my grandma begged him not to go. I think they had family over in New York at the time so it was touch-and-go but he decided to stay. He got off the ship at Southampton.
"He was given the suitcase by one of the other people who worked on the ship, a Mr Walter Ennis, who was a superintendent at the Turkish baths on the Titanic. I don't really know why he gave him it, I can only assume he had too much luggage with him, or meant to pick it up later but it has his initials, W.E. on the top.
"Inside were some shirt collars in a leather bag and some newspaper which my grandfather bought after the ship sank and kept with the case.
"I'm glad my grandma asked him not to go because I wouldn't be here
today if he'd gone with it. He used to say he was the luckiest man alive."
The brown leather suitcase has the characters '10 E' on one side.
It is lined inside and has one compartment on the underside of the lid. For its age it is in remarkably good condition.
One of the newspapers inside the case, dated April 18 1912 – four days after the Titanic sank on April 14 on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York – carries a picture of Mr Ennis and lists him as 'missing'.
According to records listing the crew of the Titanic, Mr Ennis was a 35-year-old father-of-two from Southport and died in the sinking, his body never being properly identified.
Nearly a hundred years on from one of the most infamous maritime disasters in history, Mr Ennis's case is a poignant reminder of the tragedy.
Mr Bowes said: "I just kept hold of it for years, it was shoved at the back of a wardrobe for a long time and I came across it recently.
"It's a remarkable case, I haven't seen one like it and it's a piece of history, because there won't be another Titanic. This is the one that got away."