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Every corner of Titanic’s decks were utilized   Leave a comment

On this day 100 years ago, Titanic was still making her way across the Atlantic.  She travelled 546 nautical miles on this day, or 628 miles. They received numerous heavy ice warnings, including one from the Rappahannock as she was passing by. The ship had sustained damage coming through the ice field, and was warning other ships in the area.  Captain Smith altered their course a few degrees to the south, but didn’t slow down.  This was common procedure during this time, because it was believed that ice posed little danger to these new large ships. Before the Titanic set sail, Captain Smith himself said that he couldn’t “imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.”

The Titanic had 11 decks, not including the officers’ quarters, 8 of which were for passenger use.

The Boat Deck was where the lifeboats were located. They lined the side of the deck except in the 1st Class area, where they left a gap so that their view was not blocked. The bridge and wheelhouse were at the front end, in front of the captain’s & officers’ quarters The entrance to the 1st Class Grand Staircase and gym were located halfway down this deck, along with the 1st Class lounge, the 1st Class smoking room and the 2nd Class area entrance. The wood-covered deck had 4 separate promenades, one for officers, 1st Class passengers, engineers and 2nd Class passengers.

A Deck, (also known as the Promenade Deck) encompassed the entire length of the boat. It was only for 1st Class passengers and housed the1st Class cabins, the 1st Class lounge, smoking room, reading & writing rooms and the Palm Court.

B Deck, (also known as the Bridge Deck) contained some of the 1st Class cabins and 6 of the more expensive staterooms. These rooms had their own private patios. Also on the B Deck, were the A La Carte and Café Parisien restaurants for luxury 1st class dining. Both were run by famous chefs and their staff, all of whom died in the disaster. Both the 2nd Class smoking room and entrance area were located on this deck. The main hatch through to the cargo holds was on B Deck, with various pieces of machinery and the anchor housings. This area was off limits to passengers. The scene in the movie Titanic where Jack & Rose climb the railing and “fly” could never have happened because the entire area was not accessible by the passengers. Beyond the Bridge Deck was the Poop Deck, which was used as a promenade by 3rd Class passengers. This area was where many 3rd class passengers waited, hoping to get into a lifeboat.

The C Deck, (also known as the Shelter Deck) housed the two well decks and served as part of the 3rd Class promenade. Crew cabins were located on this deck, as well as 3rd Class public rooms, which were under the Poop Deck. Deck C also contained the majority of the 1st Class cabins and the 2nd Class lending library.

D Deck, (also known as the Saloon Deck) had three large public rooms – the 1st Class Reception area, the 1st Class Dining Saloon and the 2nd Class Dining Saloon. An open space was also provided here for 3rd Class passengers. All passengers had cabins on this deck, along with berths for firemen located on the bow end.

E Deck, (also known as the Upper Deck) was mostly used for passenger rooms for all the classes and berths for some of the crew. Also on this deck, was a long passageway nicknamed “Scotland Road” which referred to the famous street in Liverpool, England.

F Deck, (also known as the Middle Deck) mainly accommodated 3rd Class passengers. There was also a few 2nd Class cabins and crew berths. The 3rd Class dining saloon was located here, along with the swimming pool and Turkish bath.

G Deck,(also known as the Lower Deck) was the lowest deck that passengers were allowed on and had portholes that were just above the waterline. The squash court was here along with the post office, where clerks sorted letters that would be ready to deliver when the ship docked in New York. Food storage was also on this deck.

The Orlop Decks & the Tank Top were the lowest deck of the ship, well below the waterline. The Orlop decks were used to store cargo, while the Tank Top was where the boilers, engines, and turbines were located. Most of this deck had areas that passengers would never see, even though they were connected with higher decks by several flights of stairs. There were also two spiral stairways that gave access up to D Deck.

 

1st class dining saloon

1st class dining saloon

 

The reading & writing room

The reading & writing room

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