Titanic was tech savvy!   Leave a comment

The Titanic had the ultimate in luxury and opulence. Featured aboard were a telephone system, a large library and a barber shop.  The first class passengers had access to a swimming pool, a gymnasium, squash court, Turkish bath, and a Verandah Cafe. 1st rooms were decorated with wood paneling, top shelf furniture and decorations, while the 3rd class rooms had pine wall paneling and teak furniture.

Turkish baths were very popular past time of the well to do during this time.  On one of James Cameron’s many visits to the wreck, retrieving a sample of one of these tiles was on the to do list.  They were able to reach the Turkish Baths, and retrieve a tile sample.  The sample had not degraded a bit over the years, and looked just like it would have on the ship’s maiden voyage.

The Café Parisian offered cuisine for the 1st passengers, with a top deck veranda featuring trellis work. The ship was very technologically advanced for it’s time, featuring three elevators in 1st class and one in 2nd class. Titanic’s extensive electrical system was powered by several steam driven generators, powering lights and the two Marconi radios. One 5,000 watt Marconi radio was manned by two Marconi Company employees, working in shifts sending and receiving passenger messages 24/7.

1st class passengers paid a steep fee for these plush amenities; the most expensive one-way trans-Atlantic passage was $1363 equivalent to $30,917 in today’s terms!! Wow!

 

Turkish Baths

Just one small detail of the many amenities aboard Titanic

The photo above features the Turkish Baths aboard Titanic.

 

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