Class barriers on last voyage


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Mike Poirier

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Hello Martin
I wanted to answer this in a separate thread. The class barriers were essentially eliminated during the last voyage. Here are some examples-
1. Ethel Lines used to cross over to first class to visit with Joseph and Doris Charles and take tea in the first class lounge with them.
2. George Hook and his daughter went from 3rd class to the 2nd class deck to sit in deck chairs as it was better there.
3. Martin Payne crossed to first class for exercise as it was easier to walk to walk the first class deck for length.
4. A number of 2nd class people were given 1st class E deck forward cabins such as Mae Barrett, Henry McEvoy, AJ Mitchell, etc..

I was being a bit sarcastic though about Holbourn and Avis- that was dramatic license on the part of the film producers.
 
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Thanks for the examples.
I know those [Dolphin and Holburn]two ate in the 2nd class dinning Room as they are there along with Joseph Marichal when the Torpedo hits.

Would it be as easy for 3rd class to cross over as for 2nd? And would they get away with being lose inside the 1st class parts of the ship?

cheers

Martin
 
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What was the reason a number of 2nd Class passengers were given 1st Class cabins? Was "Second Cabin" overbooked?
 

Jim Kalafus

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>Would it be as easy for 3rd class to cross over as for 2nd?

Belatedly, sorry Martin.... geographically, it would not be easy, but on the other hand a few third class survivors left private accounts in the immediate aftermath of the disaster in which they spoke of watching the torpedo strike FROM aft, not aft of where they stood. At least 4 separate third class passengers were on the enclosed second class promenade decks. How? Why? I don't know.

Overbooked.
 
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According to Diana Preston's "Lusitania, an Epic Tragedy" The Lusitania was overbook particularly the 2nd class so that some passengers were forced to take space in 3rd Class Cabins! There was supposedly a discount on 2nd class Tickets to drum up business!
 
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