Inside the Titanic: When the largest ship sank in 1912, here’s what the luxury-first interior looked like

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Vintage Titanic postcard
See what it looked like on board the Titanic — inside the fancy lounges, dining rooms, first-class cabins and other luxurious delights — before the ship sunk to the ocean floor on her maiden voyage in 1912.

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In the White Star Line’s new triple-screw steamers Olympic and Titanic are epitomized all the science and skill of a century of steam navigation.

Figures speak most concisely and eloquently of the supremacy of the Olympic and Titanic. Nothing has been left to chance in the construction of these superb ships, and besides being the largest and heaviest vessels ever built, they are also undoubtedly the strongest.

The grand staircase inside the Titanic

Their towering hulls are molded to battle against the seven seas, and boast, in each ship, the presence of three million rivets (weighing about 1,200 tons) holding together the solid plates of steel.

The double bottom referred to extends the full length of each vessel, varying from 5ft 3in. to 6ft 3in. in depth and lends added strength to the hull. The subdivision of the hulls of the Olympic and Titanic into fifteen compartments separated by watertight bulkheads of steel further assures the safety of the vessels.

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The Titanic’s spaciousness and beauty

A rapid survey of the 11 steel decks of the Olympic and Titanic reveals the most careful and comprehensive preparations in every department. Three elevators in the first class and one in the second class provide a comfortable means of access between decks, which, on ships so vast as these, saves the passenger much effort.

First class Titanic entrance - Grand staircase

On the topmost deck –- cheerfully named the sun deck -– one finds a commodious open promenade with a large area for deck sports. All the enticing outdoor games that seem exclusively identified with the pleasant hours aboard ship are played here, and the ardent devotee of the putter and the niblick can keep in ‘top trim’ by assiduous attention to the fascinating pastime, deck-golf, with its 18-hole course.

Here also is located the roomy gymnasium with its complete equipment, which will attract many passengers seeking mild and healthful diversion. Forward are the officers’ quarters and the wheelhouse and chartrooms.

Aboard the Titanic - Gymnasium

The Titanic: Comfort and luxury

On the vast area of the upper promenade deck A just below, the steamer’s chair brigade will be very much in evidence, as here are many sheltered nooks and corners where the bracing salt air can be enjoyed with the utmost comfort.

Promenade Deck of the Titanic

There is also abundant space for promenading. On this deck are situated several of the most charming public apartments. The extensive, richly decorated Lounge, one of the chief social centers, the spacious, elegantly fitted smoke room vie in interest with the exquisitely furnished reading and writing room with its delicate colorings.

Fancy room on Titanic or Olympic

All these public cabins have the spacious, graceful windows of the various colonial periods, which easily cause the impression that outside one might see lawns and trees; and, although this be not so, the view is one excelled by no other in the world –- the mighty grandeur of the ever-changing sea.

Lounge on the Titanic ship

The amateur photographers will be especially pleased with the photographic dark room, which is provided with fittings of the latest pattern, all available without charge.

The palm court and veranda café, where one may while away many a pleasant half-hour, are also situated aft on this deck, and will be found largely reminiscent of the delightful boulevard cafés of Paris and Vienna. The wide outlook from this vantage point adds greatly to the pleasure of those who visit its precincts.

The veranda cafe and palm court of the Titanic - LOC

On the upper promenade deck are also a large number of the choicest staterooms both as to location and luxurious furnishings, which are in excellent taste.

A striking and at the same time a pleasant feature of the promenade deck B is the glass-enclosed section. As a protection against inclement weather, its windows make it a pleasing and perfect shelter, while on cold, clear days when the windows are closed to prevent the ingress of icy breezes, the deck becomes a veritable sun parlor, and here at times promenade concerts by the ship’s professional string orchestra and delightful evening dances are held with every degree of comfort.

Under gleaming vari-colored electric light bulbs and with gay streamers adding their brightness, one could hardly wish for a more pleasurable scene.

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The Titanic’s passenger cabins and bedroom suites

First class cabin B38 Titanic

Titanic luxury first class cabin

On this deck are also many cabins and apartments deluxe, the latter consisting of several rooms en suite, having their own private bath and toilet arrangements, with rooms for servants adjoining.

The beautifully appointed restaurant with its superior à la carte service, seats 160 people and is designed to cater to those travelers who prefer merely to engage their cabins and transportation, and as a separate transaction avail themselves of the restaurant’s facilities.

Titanic main dining room on the salon deck - LOC

On the upper deck C, in addition to the passenger staterooms and apartments deluxe, one will find the ship’s inquiry office, where the business of this floating city will be transacted. Afton this deck an important innovation is the special maids’ and valets’ saloon, where servants may congregate and where their meals will be served.

The saloon deck D, just below the upper deck C, has as its most prominent feature that important gathering-place, the grand dining saloon, seating 550 passengers, and extending the full width of the ship, 92-1/2 ft.

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Small tables are everywhere in attendance, and the alcoves, which congenial parties will find especially pleasant, lend an air of coziness to this apartment which is, at first view, so vast and impressive. The large leaded glass windows about the sides of the room are an unusual feature, assisting materially in ventilating and lighting the saloon.

Titanic dining room

On this deck also is the beautifully decorated reception room, whose handsome furnishings and hangings add to it a distinct note of refined taste.

Titanic reception room

Lounge on the Titanic ship

Among many other special attractions for passengers in the first class are the Turkish and electric bath establishment, completely equipped with a hot room, temperate room, cooling room, shampoo rooms and massage rooms, but more notably, the adjoining large salt water swimming pool, of even greater dimensions than that on the company’s well-known steamer Adriatic, which was the first ship to be equipped with these delightful innovations.

Inside the Titanic - The Grand Staircase

The remarkable dimensions of the Olympic and Titanic have also made it possible to introduce for the pleasure of passengers a full-sized tennis and handball court, 30ft long, extending through two decks, where these healthful exercises may be indulged in.

Titanic swimming pool

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The passenger accommodations

Throughout the passenger staterooms, the upper berths are of the folding or Pullman type, and a large number of ‘Bibby’ rooms, notable even on these great ships for their exceptional spaciousness, will please a host of passengers.

Everywhere the important item of ventilation has received the most painstaking attention and the system employed assures a constantly changing atmosphere without drafts.

Titanic second class library

The White Star Line is justly famed for the superior excellence of its cuisine and the careful attention paid to all passengers by its well-trained corps of servants, a large percentage of whom have been in its service for many years.

On the Olympic and Titanic, the culinary arrangements are most complete: and the cuisine will continue to be a prominent feature to which the most watchful supervision will be given.

In second class, the preparations for the comfort of passengers are thorough. On the promenade and bridge decks are situated the library and smoke rooms, and on the saloon deck, a great dining hall, seating 400.

Second class smoking room

What is most essential, all the passenger staterooms, centrally situated, are of the latest modern type, handsomely fitted, and with every creature comfort.

Titanic bedroom

Titanic guest room - cabin

In the third class, every attention is paid to the needs of passengers. The rooms and berths are all most comfortable, and special rooms for families and two-berth rooms for married couples are provided. Large dining saloons, lounges, smoking room, and social halls for passengers in the third class speak of the detailed care with which this section of these ships has been planned.

The Olympic and Titanic are scheduled in the fast mail service of the White Star Line’s New York-Plymouth-Cherbourg-Southampton, the favorite English Channel route to England, and all parts of the Continent.

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The Titanic - Grand staircase

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