How Were the Bathrooms in the First Class Suites on the Titanic?

The RMS Titanic sank on the night of April 14, 1912, in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. The voyage ended just four days from leaving port in Southampton to New York City. Titanic was the largest passenger liner at the time, with an estimated 2,224 people on board. It struck an iceberg at around 11:40 p.m. and sank about two hours and a half later. The sinking of the Titanic resulted in more than 1,500 deaths, making it one of the deadliest maritime disasters in peacetime history.

More than 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic, the tragedy is still widely immortalised in both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Museum displays, special exhibits and lectures, concerts, theatrical performances, reading, graveyard tours are continuously held to commemorate the tragic event. Titanic memorial cruises were held on the tragedy’s 100th anniversary with guests dressed in the era’s fashion and an elaborate recreation of the first class meals served during the liner’s last dinner.

The Titanic reflected its reputation for superior comfort and luxury. It has extensive facilities for its first-class passengers, generally regarded as the finest during that period. While the German and French competitors were extravagantly decorated and adorned heavily, the Titanic put emphasis on comfort and subdued elegance following the style of a British luxury hotel or country manor. The enormous size of the Titanic enabled it to feature rooms that were unusually large by the period’s standard. The rooms were equipped with the period’s latest technologies for hygiene, comfort, and convenience. Both the staterooms and the public spaces were created in historic styles with attention to accuracy and detail. A wide range of sporting and recreational facilities was amply provided to entertain passengers during the voyage.

A major concern for ship passengers is the bathroom facilities. Not much has changed in the development of bathroom facilities in 100 years. The Titanic has the best bathroom facilities according to the standards of the period. However, those bathroom facilities at the Titanic will pale in comparison with the modern day bathroom facilities.

First class passengers were provided with public lavatories that are comparable to the modern day bathrooms at the airport and the malls. The Titanic’s lavatories for first class passengers were equipped with modern plumbing, commodes, flushes, and the common features of luxurious British lavatories. Cabins for first class passengers did not have their own lavatory or bathroom. The first class passengers had to avail of the public lavatories for bathing and other stuff.

The four Parlour Suites, on the other hand, had their own private lavatories. The first class bathroom in the Titanic’s parlour suite was specifically designed to reinforce the sense of entitlement. The parlour suites were intended and reserved for the ultra-rich members of the society at that time. The suite opened into a private promenade deck. The suite’s bathroom was finished in accordance with the most modern style of the period, complete with showers, bathtubs and double sinks. The best corner shower caddy that money could buy at that time was provided as one of the amenities.

The Titanic has special suites of rooms that consist of bedrooms, sitting room, servant’s room, and bathroom, all of which have their own private promenade that is shut off from the rest of the ship and cannot be seen by other passengers.

Second class passengers enjoyed bathroom facilities similar to what the first class passengers enjoyed. Down in the third class, passengers had a very different situation.  The entire third class passengers had to share only two bathrooms. This gave rise to the situation where the 706 third class passengers had to use only two bathtubs, which were located in the D Deck way at the back of the ship. The third class passengers who were assigned in the bow of the ship needed to walk a distance, which is about two football fields in length to reach the bathroom. The third class passengers, just like the second-class and first-class passengers, enjoy a public lavatory system.

Many passengers of the Titanic did not have the habit of bathing while on board the ship. Most of them did not bathe during the entire voyage.

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