Shared Cabins Among 2nd & 3rd Class

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Jul 9, 2000
Easley South Carolina
>>I was also going with Dan to Hailfax. All four of us (authors) were going to meet there for the launch.<<

I suppose delays are to be expected. Publishing being what it is these days, there are a lot of books out there still waiting to get to the printers. What I find encouraging here is that the four of you have been doing your utmost to make sure you get it right, and you've been taking your time to do it rather then rush into things.

Just let me know when it finally hits the stands so I can order a copy.
Apr 21, 2007
question- were the 3rd class bunks like the ones depicted in the 1912 poster with drawers and stuff or just plain metal ones like in Camerons? Just curious!
May 3, 2005
Hi Leanne and Mario ! -

I have also seen some deck plans showing some steerage areas something in the order of troop ships....just open areas of berths/bunks separate cabins ? Or were these of ships of a much earlier time period ? Perhaps usage of "Third Class" over "Steerage" indicated an improvement over previous conditions ?

Dave Gittins

Mar 16, 2000
Robert, open steerage areas were in use at least as late as 1950. I can't reproduce it here, but the South Australian Maritime Museum has a photo of post-war migrants bound for Australia in steerage, just as in the 19th century. They are all male, clothing is hanging everywhere and it's generally a right mess. I guess if you were getting away from the wreckage of Europe anything would do. I think the practice died out pretty soon after 1950, at least in first world nations. Mind-boggling things are still seen in Africa and elsewhere.

Early plans for Titanic show a steerage, but the idea was scrapped and all passengers had cabins.

This sharing sleeping places with strangers would have been no novelty to many. In the late 1950s I travelled in shared sleepers on trains. For all I know, it may still happen.

Linda Cooper

Sep 23, 2007
I know that because of a strike that affected the coal used for the boilers, the coal used for some other ships was used for the Titanic instead. From what I understand (correct me if I'm wrong), a lot of passengers who would have normally booked passage in first class on another ship, were placed in second class.
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