Monday, February 26, 2007

Third class

Altogether there were 706 third class passengers from the following: Ireland, Finnish, Swedish, Belgians. There were 462 men, 165 women, and 79 children, only 75 out of 462 men survived, only 76 out of 165 women survived, and only 27 out of 79 children lived.
Third class on the Titanic was absolutely stupendous compared to the times. On the Titanic, third class accommodations were like that of second class of any other liner or shipping company. Though the White Star Line focused a lot on first class wealth, they did not do away with third class. The White Star Line knew that third class passengers were coming to America to start a new life and that they were moving all of their belongings across the Atlantic for a fresh start.
Third class berths were fairly luxurious in their own way, they provided electric lighting, heat, and wash basins. In fact the accommodations in third class were far better than the life they had left from where the came from. There was only one bathtub for all of the men in third class, but this was not stinginess on the White Star Line part, the poor at that time thought that taking frequent baths would give you lung disease. The same for all of the women and children.


Quaker Oats and Milk
Smoked Herrings
Beefsteak and Onions
Jacket Patatoes
Fresh Bread and Butter
Marmelade, Swedish Bread
Tea, Coffee


Cheese and Pickles
Fresh Bread and Butter
Rhubarb Jam
Currant Buns


Rice Soup
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Boiled Patatoes
Cabin Biscuits, Fresh Bread
Peaches and Rice

Dinner: - Every Day - Cabin Biscuits and
Cheese, Gruel and Coffee.
Fresh Fish served as a Substitute for
Salt Fish as opportunity offers.
Kosher Meat supplied and cooked for
Jewish Passengers as desired.

They didn't eat too badly, either!!!

This is a picture of a third class dining room, it don't look that bad to me, but compared to the first class dining room, there's a huge difference. But as you can see, third class passengers didn't have it that bad off really, and they were treated really well from the White Star Line.

This is a third class berth, the only thing that I see that I don't like is how cramped it seems to be, but you just have to remember the places these people were coming from. The
accommodations are not really that bad at all. All of the third class berths had springs in the mattresses and feather pillows.


This is just a third class common area.

Here is a third class sitting room and smoking room all combined. As you can see, it is brightly lit and is furnished fairly nice.


On the night of April 14, 1912, and the morning of the 15th the Titanic's third class passenger did not fare very well. They were kept below decks, and told that they would be let up soon, and that there wasn't that big of a problem. But here and there, a few third class passenger escaped to the boat deck. By the time that the crew let all of them up, all of the lifeboats had gone and there was nothing for hundreds of passengers. There was a 1 out of 10% chance of a male third class passenger getting on a lifeboat, and a 9 out of 10% chance of a female first class passenger getting on a lifeboat. Most of these poor passengers were left to fend for themselves, and await their fate.
Titanic's third class passengers had it pretty good till the ship started to sink, and then they were treated like animals. But these were real people who led real lives, just because they didn't have the money to travel in first class doesn't mean that at least the women and children didn't have the right any more than the first class passengers did to a lifeboat. In my eyes, third class women passengers that lost husbands lost even more than the first class women passengers did, think about it; a third class women passenger arriving in a foreign land with really no way to make money without a man, and they usually had families, what became of them? Now first class passenger women that lost their husbands did not have the financial problems that third class passenger would have most likely had, and second of all, they were probably home.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that they weren't treated right, and could have been treated a lot better. Third class women and children deserved a spot in a lifeboat just as much as a first class lady, or child.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Book review

I received a book on my birthday about the Titanic, the title is "The Complete Titanic" {From the ship's earliest blueprints to the epic film.} Written by Stephen J. Spignesi!
The inside cover...
no book about the Titanic had ever assembled so much fascinating information about the ship, the people that surrounded it, its wreck, and the aftermath."
Back of the book...
Did you know...?* In response to an early ice warning message from the Californian, a Titanic wireless operator replied, "shut up, shut up, I am busy."
*First class passengers could partake of herring, haddock, smoked salmon, grilled mutton, lamb chops, and sirloin steak``` for breakfast.
There were 36 ships in the North Atlantic when the Titanic sank and only one, the Carpathia, came to her assistance.
On April 15, 1912, the New York Evening Sun ran on its front page the headline "All Saved From Titanic After Collision."
*An 1898 novella seems to have predicted the Titanic disaster.
*James Cameron's $200 million blockbuster epic Titanic contains 40 "bloopers," including one in which Leonardo DiCaprio's character Jack refers to a man made lake in Wisconsin that was not dug until two years after the ship sank.
enormous cargo included such varied items as anchovies, auto parts, surgical instruments, and tennis balls.
And this is just a few of the things that this book talks about. It is "the most comprehensive compilation of Titanic information to date."
It gives a very detailed view of the Titanic's construction, from the length of the engine room, to the particulars of the boilers. How many cylinders were in each engine, to who and when the boilers were made. It even gives detailed particulars of the gross tonnage of different parts of the ship, from the poop deck to the bridge space, the whole ship registered 46,328 tons of constructed steel.
Just in an overall view, we're talking everything from the Englehardt equipment, space available for passengers on different boat decks, all of the inspections, and countless others.
This is all I will post for now, don't want to bore anybody, but this book puts things in an interesting way to read and understand more about the Titanic. So this time I posted about the book's view on the construction, so the next time it will be on the next chunk!!!