No, they didn't. That's what they paid different fares for. Also, third class passengers were subject to Board of Trade regulations that prescribed where they could go.
Lawrence Beesley mentions the curious case of a man who travelled third class while his wife was in second class. They used to meet and talk at the barrier between classes. I've never worked out who this was. Any ideas?
A strong possibility is Nils Johansson and his fiance, Olga Lundin. They had boarded together as 3rd Class passengers, but when Olga suffered badly from motion sickness Nils paid for an upgrade to a more comfortable cabin location for her in 2nd Class. His money wouldn't stretch to an upgrade for himself also.
I don't know anything about upgrades or whether or not that would have been done, but Miss Olga Lundin is listed as a 2cnd Class passenger who boarded in Southampton as such while Nils Johansson is listed as a 3rd Class passenger. She survived.
It is my understanding that Olga shows on this web-site as a 2nd Class passenger because Hermann accepts that she upgraded from 3rd Class and shows her as such on his PL which is the basis for E-T's PL. - In conflict with Olga's Person Summary her E-T biography confirms that Olga boarded as a 3rd Class passenger. - She paid the same fare as that paid by Nils Johansson [a 3rd Class fare].
All WS records list Olga as 3rd Class and she is also on the Carpathia Lists [that is the lists of Titanic survivors] as 3rd Class.
>>I was just wondering if the classes mixed at all
Not as a rule. But every once in a while, some adventuresome 1st- or 2nd-class passenger would find his/her way below decks. It was a form of "slumming" for people looking for a "good time," much the way Rose did in the movie. It wasn't encouraged, and it certainly didn't work the other way, but it happened. My great aunt did it as a young woman on her way over here from Scotland. Scotland the Brave!
I've run this question by Don Lynch and Rick Archbold, and I'm told Maxtone-Graham writes about it as well.
This reminds me of the nouveau-riche 'celebrity' who, upon being informed by the head waiter that he was invited to dine at the captain's table, expostulated "What? I'm not paying all this money just to eat with the crew".
There is a children's novel that I read in which the fictional character's mother was doing just this -- she was a second class passenger (who would have been traveling first class on another ship) who happened to befriend a woman in steerage. Well, on the night of April 14th, she was down visiting her friend and ended up getting locked behind a gate. Fictional story, but I am curious as to if this may have happened at all.
And Noel, hasn't it been shown that most (!) of the gates on Titanic were of the waist-high variety? Not the full-height ones shown in the movie, although there were a few of those? In an "orderly" society, there's no need to play rough.
In my experience during the 60s, riding the train between Seattle and Chicago, simple gates were all that separated the Pullman passengers from the coach passengers. They were there mostly as a reminder and I never witnessed any problems.
Would it have been possible, if one so greatly desired? I mean by sneaking around of course.
If so, how would one have gone about doing this. Say, leaving second or third class, to pay a trip to first. Or vice versa.
In the Titanic movie, what they did, would that have been possible? Jack going to dinner with them, and Rose in return going to third class to partake of their party? How would this have been accomplished?
Cara, this is on another thread somewhere. I believe the consensus was that on some ships there was limited mixing of the classes.
The writer R A Fletcher in Travelling Palaces warns first class passengers against intruding on lower classes. He calls it,"...a shocking exhibition of bad manners and low inquisitiveness."
There's more on this in John Maxstone-Graham's The Only Way to Cross. The bad manners seem to have been commoner in the earlier years.
The movie is not worth worrying about. Rose and Jack did all sorts of things that passengers were not permitted to do. From the flying scene on the bow to the attempted suicide scene on the poop, reality is ignored for the sake of what is jokingly called a plot.
>>because I didn't think it altogether likely, or possible for that matter.<<
Oh it was possible. Anyone who really wanted to could get around to all kinds of forbidden areas if they tried hard enough, but as mentioned, it was considered to be excruciatingly bad manners. The practice was...if I recall correctly...known as "slumming" and was strongly discouraged.