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Locations of all gangway doors

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    Michael Meals
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    Hello all,

    I have been looking at the deck plans here and pictures on the The Wreck of RMS Titanic website and still need help with a question I have.

    In regards to all of Titanic's gangway doors, where are they all located (with noting what room/area) a person would be in once entering the ship) at and who used each gangway door? (example on Starboard bow side of Titanic at D deck: 1st Class gangway door, 1st Class reception room

    Can anyone help me out?

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    Dan Cherry
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    Hi, Michael!
    The second class passengers entered on C-deck along the enclosed second class promenade. This area would have likely been wood decking with white walls. Straight ahead from where they entered would have been the "Second Class Entrance", likely noted with an illuminated sign attached to the ceiling. Upon entering the foyer, they could either take the elevator or the stairs to their destined stateroom.
    First class at Southampton entered on B-deck, portside, just forward of the private promenaded suite. The first class entrance was a single, probably portholed, door leading to the B-deck level of the grand staircase. From there, they could either take the stairs or elevator up or down to their stateroom or suite. Passengers in New York would have utilized the starboard entrance to embark Titanic, had she completed her voyage.
    First class passengers tendered in would have used the D-deck gangway doors on port or starboard, entering the first class reception room, and could then take the stairs, elevator, or walk to their cabin.
    Third class passengers could embark E-deck port forward, just aft of the well deck two deck above. They would enter a wide corridor with Scotland Road to their right as they entered (a crewman corridor) and with nearby stairs to take them below to their cabins. Entering aft on E-deck portside allowed aft passengers more direct access to their cabins. Both sets of E-deck entrances had doors on starboard, too, to allow for starboard embarking ports (New York and/or Southampton if the ship pulled in bow first). Titanic was backed into her port at Southampton so she could move forward out of the pier sailing day.

    Hope this helps!

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    At Southampton, 1st class passengers did enter at the B deck port entrance, however, as far as I know there were 2 double doors with portholes and 1 arched window:



    As for Cherbourg, there was one tender for 1st and 2nd class passengers, and both classes entered through the aft starboard E deck gangway door. There was a special ladder stored there as well. As far as I know, the D deck doors were not used for boarding passengers on Titanic's one and only voyage. I think Dan you're correct about the 3rd class door at Cherbourg.

    Daniel.

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    Good morning Daniel! In that photo you posted, is that the Starboard side shown? And would that be the doors to the private promenade in the background? At least that is how it looks on the deck plans.

    DavidinHartford

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    Dave, that is the starboard side, you're correct.

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    Nice photograph Daniel. About the first-class passengers boarding at E-Deck, this is news to me. It was always commonly believed that first-class passengers boarded at Cherbourg by the D-deck entrance. So the first-class passengers would have to take the long hike down "Park Lane"? I guess there was a steward at the entranceway directing the first-class passengers down the long corridor to the Grand Staircase?

    All the best,

    Nigel

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    PS.

    Also referring to the above question, there were two other gangway doors not mentioned. There is a gangway door which leads into the starboard private promenade of suites B-51-53-55. There is another gangway located in the Cafe Parisean. Maybe the door which lead to the promenade deck suite could of been used fo the the passengers who booked those staterooms and that gangway door was used soley for them? If Titanic had reached New York, these doors might of been used as well.

    All the best,

    Nigel

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    Michael Meals
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    This is all very good info. Though I wonder still, on deck E, where 3rd class gangway door aft on the starboard side is located? I found the portside door but where i think that the starboard door for 3rd class should be, there is the 2nd Class entrance & gangway door as mentioned above.

    I take it that crew would have used the 3rd class gangway doors as well?

    And, would any supplies/stores been brought on board the same way.
    Might as well rename this thread "How one or thing can enter or leave the Titanic (besides by crane or lifeboats)"

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    Michael,

    There was no 3rd class door on the *starboard* side of E deck. There was one on the starboard side of D deck but that was fore. There were two small doors on either side of the fore B deck area.

    Daniel.

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    I asked this over on the Titanic-Titanic! Index board, and I will do same here...

    Which of the D-deck doors on Titanic's starboard side was used for ENTER and EXIT?

    Thank you.

 

 

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