No one really knows which room Violet Jessop was in. She never revealed it in her interviews. Stewardesses did not occupy numbered cabins. On the various decks there were special rooms for stewardesses. They were marked "stewardess" on the deck plans.
Although no one knows for sure, Violet Jessop was probably on E deck, in the stewardess room next to the elevator hall, oposite cabin E20.
As I said "although no one knows for sure, Violet Jessop was probably on E deck"
Miss Jessop does not mention names at all in her account, well when she does they are only names she made up for the people she was talking about. Her account is rather confusing, but it is still interesting.
She frequently mentions the staircase. She mentions "youngsters" in a cabin accross to hers, and she mentions putting a lifebelt on a child, who might be Douglas Spedden, but this of corse is not for sure.
She sais she went up on deck, so I presume she was definitely not on A deck. E deck is a likely possibility for her cabin.
There is a book called Titanic Survivor, which consists of her memoirs, plus a commentary. I suggest you read it for interest but I wouldn't spend cash on it. For some reason she uses false names for nearly everybody involved and the book adds little to what we know.
I first heard about Violet Jessop one evening on a program on the Discovery Channel. When I learned that she published memoirs of her survival on the Titanic and her sister ships, Brittanic and Olympic, I rushed to buy it. Although, as Dave says, it uses fake names and is a very limited account, the book is quite interesting.
Violet Jessop survived the well-known Titanic disaster. Then she served aboard the Brittanic, which became a hospital ship in WWI. Brittanic suffered the same fate as her sister ship when she struck a mine. I can't recall what exactly happened with the Olympic, but I believe she also sank. Violet Jessop served as a stewardess until she was about 60 or 70. Then she finished her years in her home of England.
Adrianne, as Dean pointed out, the RMS Olympic didn't sink. in fact during World War One, she earned a destinction in being the only merchent vessel to sink an enemy warship when a lookout spotted a german U boat on the surface on the morning of 18 May 1918. They were too close to train down the auxilary six inch guns fitted for self defence so the Olympic turned in on the sub and rammed it.
During that war, she was one of four ships being used as troopships. After the war, the Olympic was overhauled and refitted for passanger service in which she served until being retired in 1935 and sold for scrap. Far from being an unlucky ship, she was much loved by passangers and was nicknamed Old Reliable
Violet Jessop did indeed serve aboard the Olympic. I'm not sure of the exact dates, but I can tell you she was on Olympic when she was rammed by the HMS Hawke just off the Isle of Wight; which implies that she served on Olympic first.
"The Olympic and Brittanic both served as hospital ships in World War I, but only the Olympic survived the conflict--the Britannic exploded on just her fifth voyage. And in 1934, the Olympic struck the Nantucket Lightship, killing seven. The damage to the massive ship was so extensive that she was sold for scrap the following year."
Hi Adrianne, and now you know why some don't take the History Channel too seriously as a source. The Olympic was used as a troopship during the war. As to the Nantucket Lightship, the damage to the Olympic wasn't that severe. Inch thick steel plate vs. the much thinner plating of a lightship isn't much of a contest. ;-) She was used for eleven more months befor being retired in April of 1935. (The collision with the lightship happened on 15 May 1934).
In the end, it was economics which led to the Olympic's retirement. She had been losing trade for some time and the Depression didn't help. Were it not for the Depression, she might have lasted a few more years.
It seems Michael has beaten me to the punch here. After the Nantucket lightship incident, the Olympic was repaired and continued to make crossings untill march of 1935, after which time her interiors were acuctioned off and the hull was towed to Inverkeithing, Scotland, were it was demolished.
As far as the Olympic being a hospital ship, I really, really doubt it. Hospital ships, which were painted in white with big green stripes and red crosses(like the Britannic), were protected under the Geneva(sp?) convention, which prohibited them from being attacked by German U-boats. If the Olympic did in fact serve as a hospital ship, wouldn't they have given her a hospital ship paint scheme to protect her(Olympic was painted in bright colors to confuse U-boats)?