First / second class barriers


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Dennis Foley

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I think it was Lawrence Beesley who said he saw two women from Second class denied access to boats in the First class deck area and told to go to "their own boats". Yet several First Class passengers were saved in boats from the Second class deck area. Were these cases of simple "fence jumping" by these people or were First Class passengers allowed access to all Second Class (as well as Third Class if they wanted) areas? Thanks. Dennis
 
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>>Were these cases of simple "fence jumping" by these people or were First Class passengers allowed access to all Second Class (as well as Third Class if they wanted) areas?<<

Ahhhh..."C"...all of the above and with other possible variations as well. I don't think there was any official policy on this by the time they were trying to evacuate the ship. At least none such that came from Captain Smith or any of the senior officers, but that wouldn't have been much of a barrier to either poor communications or some people making things up as they went.
 

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In the early stages of the evacuation many of the crew did not suspect that the ship was likely to founder, so some were still enforcing the strict rule of keeping passengers of each Class within their own designated areas to avoid the 'complications due to quarantine regulations' which were the reason for these restrictions. Eventually, of course, any such rulings were set aside and the only remaining obstacles to free movement along the full length of the boat deck were the physical bottlenecks at the fences and gates.

Thus, few if any of the 'early' boats contained both First and Second class passengers, while the last boats contained a mixture of all with a predominance of Third Class. There was, however, an interim during which First Class passengers in 'Second Class' boats were more in evidence than the other way round, which does suggest that the rules might have been relaxed rather more readily for the First Class passengers. But as Mike said, that would likely depend on the initiative of individual crew members on the spot.
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