100 years ago today, Titanic is making her way across the north Atlantic   Leave a comment

On this day, 100 years ago, Titanic was on the first leg of her journey across the north Atlantic. Between April 11 and April 12, she travelled 386 miles in good weather and calm seas.  Between April 12 and April 13 she travels 519 miles.  It was on the evening of April 12 that Titanic started getting the first of many ice warnings, but this was not unusual for April.

Meanwhile, the passengers aboard Titanic are enjoying her amenities and socializing on her many decks.  Titanic has some of the finest amenities in existence at that time.  Their goal was to make Titanic look more like a fine hotel than an ocean liner. The First Class section had a swimming pool, a gymnasium, squash court, Turkish bath, electric bath and a Verandah Cafe.  The passengers could also use the telephone system, a lending library and a barber shop.

One of Titanic’s most memorable features was the Grand Staircase or Grand Stairway. It descended through 5 decks of the ship, from the Boat Deck to the Reception Room and the First Class Dining Saloon. It had a dome made of wrought iron and glass that allowed in natural light. Each landing of the staircase accessed numerous halls that were adorned with gold plated light fixtures.  At the highest landing, there was a large wooden panel containing a clock, and figures of “Honor and Glory Crowning Time” around the clock face. The Grand Staircase was destroyed in the sinking and is now just a hole in the ship that is used to access the lower parts of the ship,by those investigating the wreck. During the filming of the movie Titanic in 1997, the detailed replica of the Grand Staircase floated up from its foundations by the water rushing onto the set. Some historians argue that during the sinking, the entire Grand Staircase was thrown upwards and out through the ornate dome.

The Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase

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