Forward A- and B-Deck promenade accessibility


GreatLakesGuy

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Hello all,

My question is regards to the promenades on the forward end of A-Deck and B-Deck—specifically, these sections here:
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Looking at the deck plans for A-Deck, there is a bulkhead with a door (which I've boxed in red) on each side of the ship that separates this section of the promenade deck from the rest:
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Meanwhile, on the B-Deck promenade below, there is a stairway leading down to the forward well deck (gated to keep third class passengers down there) and a stairway on each side of the ship that leads up to the officer's promenade on the Boat Deck. Again, I've boxed these in red:
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Simply put, with these obstructions in place, would passengers have been allowed to take a stroll on either of these two forward promenades and peer out at the ocean ahead of them? Or were they closed off for crew access only?
 

GreatLakesGuy

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What barriers, if any, would have prevented passengers on the B-Deck promenade from ascending one of the side stairways to the officer's promenade on the Boat Deck?

On A-Deck, there are sliding doors that close off the stairways from the rest of the promenade, but on B-Deck, there appears to be nothing of the sort that would stop a curious passenger from wandering up there.
 
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Tim Gerard

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Simply put, with these obstructions in place, would passengers have been allowed to take a stroll on either of these two forward promenades and peer out at the ocean ahead of them? Or were they closed off for crew access only?
I thought those were primarily to block much of the wind, to basically keep the enclosed A-deck promenade from becoming a wind tunnel.

I'm not sure what there might have been in those side stairways to keep someone from B-deck from walking up to the officer's promenade on the Boat Deck. Maybe they just had a sign saying something like "no passengers beyond this point" and they figured first class passengers were dignified enough to obey it.
 

Bob_Read

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There were notices by the stairway that read “For Use of Crew Only”. Back then people were more likely to heed such notices.
 

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