Decor of passageways


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Richard Coplen

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Hey all,
I was just wondering - what was the exact decor of the first-class cabin corridors? Were they as portrayed in Cameron's Titanic? Were they of the same decor on all first-class cabin decks? How were the second-class cabin corridors decorated? Appreciate your help. Best wishes!
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Hi Richard!

According to this August 1911 description of Olympic:


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'1st class: ...the corridors to the best class of rooms on B and C decks are framed up with pillasters and fielded panels. The framing of all other sections of the first class cabins is made up of machined stiles and long plain panels. The floors of all the corridors, the entrances, gymnasium, saloon, smoke-room and veranda cafés are covered with rubber cork linoleum tiles...'





Further data can be found in 'Stateroom Styles' in the 'Cabin Numbers' section.

Best regards,

Mark.
 
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This is the lamp fitted throughout many classes on Olympic and Titanic including the simple corridors (nmr).

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This is the only view I can find of the lamp that would be found in the B and C deck corridors (uftm).

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This is the simple corridor throughout 1st and 2nd class (uftm).

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This is the only view I can offer of the B and C deck corridor panelling (uftm).

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Daniel.
 

Nigel Bryant

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Hello Daniel,

Do you think they would of had pipes on the celing of the first-class, like the other classes or they would hidden behind the panelling? Do you think the only exception would be "E-deck"?

Your last photo defiantly proves that the corridors were painted white.

All the best,

Nigel
 

Nigel Bryant

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Just adressing Richard's question when he asked whether all not the first-class corrdiors decor were the same on each deck.

The B-deck and C-deck suite's corridors ( the ones that ran between boiling casing two and past boiler casing three,)decor would of been the most ornate as seen in Mark's qoute.

There has been a little bit of debate whether a runner carpet were down those corrdiors, but as I have been told from others, the Olympic & Titanic were one of the first-ships to ever linoleum tiles. Thomas Andrews had decided to put these tiles down as they cleaner to clean, and hopefully softer on the feet. Viloet Jessop though said in her book that they were really tough on her feet on the Olympic, though she does not recall anything about the corridors on the Titanic. So there could of been a chance that a runner may of been placed down the corridors of the B & C-deck suites but it is open to debate. A carpet runner would weare and proably need replacing as those corridors were one of the main passage routes for the passengers walking forward and aft but also it would not be so hard on the feet.

Some of this info I got was from the thread "Sateroom Styles" that Mark mentioned above.

A very clear image posted by Brian Hawley (the thread: Olympic Ballroom?) of a forward stateroom between A to E decks shows the mirror of the dresser reflecting the corridor behind the camera that took the photo. The wall has the same simple grove work detail panelling as the stateroom. There are no handrails and the floor looks like it is rubber tiled, but I can not determine if there is any pattern on it, its to dark.

So from this, the corrdiors forward on A- to E-decks had very simple corridors that featured same type of decoration found in the second and third-class corridors, while the B-deck and C-deck corridors running amidships were more ornate compared to its counterparts.

Hope this information helps you.

All the best,

Nigel
 
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Nigel,

That photo posted by Brian, and he does mention it, was my picture which I sent to him and asked him to post it for me (because at that stage I could not post pictures).

Here's a close up of the corridor (from another photo, nmr).

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I'm not sure if you can see this well on the scan, but the floor here does have a pattern, the exact same as in the Gymnasium. However this is Olympic's 1920 picture and the floors (in many cases) were very different in 1911 and 1912. The corridor floors may have stayed, but then again they may well have changed.

Here's another picture of the lamp that would be found in the B and C deck corridors, but my scanner does not do a good job on photocopies.

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As for the pipes. First class may have had panelled ceilings on the higher decks, perhaps even D deck, but I'm not sure. That lamp scan was from a 2nd class D deck cabin, all I was trying to point out is what the lamp would have looked like.

Daniel.
 
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Brian R Peterson

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Hi all,

Cyberflix's game Titanic: Adventure Out of Time is fairly accurate in depicting the Titanic's correct interiors, you can roam the corridors of all the decks and check the decor, from what I've read they are correct with Titanic's actual decor.

Thanks,

Brian
 
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Hey Guys,
Im not sure if this painting is accurate but I still find it interesting. Sorry its so small, the site wouldnt let me copy a bigger version

[edited to remove copyrighted image.]

-Sahand
 
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Brian R Peterson

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Of course, it is just a game, but it is an interesting depiction nonetheless.
 
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João Ricardo Alves de Oliveira

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Unfortunate there is no Olympic's corridor photo nor titanic's.
James Cameron recrieated the Lusitania and Mauritania's Corridor... there is no evidence about the olympic class corridor. as the Titanic adventure out of time's corridor, well, I don't believe the corridors were like those... Perhaps the corridor is white, but it is impossible to know how it looked like...
 
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Hi João Ricardo ívila de Oliverira Alves!

You said: 'there is no evidence about the olympic class corridor'

Yes there is. I've posted some from August 1911 near the top of this thread, for a start.

Best regards,

Mark.
 
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João Ricardo Alves de Oliveira

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Yes... that was what the witness said... I Said we don't have any evidence of photos of the olympic corridor.
By the way, Do you believe the titanic's corridor was white? That frist class corridor from the james cameron movie is wrong... that was the lusitania corridor.
How did you get that statement?
 

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