Did the stewards and stewardesses sleep together?

Hitch

Hitch

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Can anyone tell me: Did the Stewards and stewardesses sleep together in one big room? Or did they had separed cabins?

(And was this also with the restaurant staff?)

Thank you.
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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Nope. Think about it...co-ed sleeping arrangements in 1912??? No way Jose! The sexes were strictly segregated. My understanding is that the really large berthings up forward were for the firemen and deck crew. The others were in cabins which had several people in a room.
 
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Daniel Klistorner

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Carl,

The stewards generally slept in large (i.e. a number of people to a room) cabins on E deck, while the stewardesses usually were berthed 2 to a cabin, in the various stewardess cabins throughout the passenger accommodation.

Daniel.
 
Hitch

Hitch

Member
Thanks guys.

So that is also for the restaurant staff?
Because I see on the plans of E deck that in the front of the ship, two places (a big one and a smaler one) where made for restaurant staff?
 
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Bob Godfrey

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The two restaurant cashiers (female) shared a small cabin in between 1st Class staterooms E24 and E28. Everybody else was in the crew accommodation area on the other side of E deck, in large dormitory cabins (eg the waiters) or smaller shared cabins according to status. These were located towards the rear rather than the front of E deck, aft of the engine casing.
 
Hitch

Hitch

Member
Thanks Bob.

And with how many beds was such a large cabin on E deck? And can you maybe tell me what ells was in such a room.

And was cabin number 117 used by restaurant staff?
Sorry for all the Questions.
 
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Bob Godfrey

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Would you like to know the colour of the curtains?
Wink


The dormitory style cabins contained rows of two-tiered iron bunks (about 12-18 in that area) and also lockers for private property. The smaller cabins, with up to 4 sharing, were probably much like the 3rd Class passenger cabins. Crew cabins were not numbered.
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Hitch

Hitch

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But if they where not numberd, how can you know where someone stays? Like if a staff member wants to tell another staff member where his or her cabin is, how can he/she tell?
 
Dave Gittins

Dave Gittins

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Violet Jessop mentions decorating her two-person cabin with family photos, calendars and the like. She also tells of persuading the junior electricians to provide extra lighting.
 
Hitch

Hitch

Member
Thanks Dave.

And did women and men staff sleep together? Or did they had separate cabins?
 
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Bob Godfrey

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If any did it certainly wasn't White star policy. Maybe that's why they had the foresight to leave the numbers off the doors!

There were no female staff in the restaurant except the two cashiers already mentioned.
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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Mmmmmmmmmm...bear in mind that this is 1912 were talking about here, with all the mores and attitudes that came with the deal. Co-ed accomadations just weren't the sort of thing you would see on a prim and proper liner of the period...unless you were a passenger and married.
Wink
 
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monica e. hall

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Oh, I don't know. I'm sure the WSL made it as difficult as possible, but I bet it went on. If memory serves, ANTR has a scene where a fair unknown hand beckons a gentleman clad in pyjamas and dressing gown (and cravat! I think) into her room. Clearly first class, of course, so that's alright then, and he would have been assumed to be on the way back from the bathroom had anyone seen him, I suppose. Joseph Boxall was an advisor on the film set, and he would surely have said something had it been a sheer fantasy. But no co-ed accommodation ... especially not for the servants!
 
Hitch

Hitch

Member
Thanks Michael.

Its for the story I'm writing. And its about a female restaurant member.
So I need to be sure. Women and men staff where separated for sleeping?
 
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