Were there any 2nd class sets created for the Titanic film


Tarn Stephanos

I saw the Titanic film 42 times, and enjoyed it very much- yet in light of the jaw dropping accuracy given to detail of the sets, I was surprised there were no set recreations of Second class rooms.
Im hoping perhaps such scenes did exist,but were cut.
Does anyone know if the 2nd class dining room, staircase, hallay, etc, were recreated for the film? Or was it the case, as it appears to be, that 2nd class was ignored in the film?


Tarn Stephanos
Hey Tarn,

Its kind of Funny. I just made a post about your Second Class Staircase thread. Anyways 42 times is a lot! I'm probably up there.....I kind lost track in the when I was reaching the 30th time. Its actually my favorite movie and I think the story is good too....haha you don't here that from people that often.

The only time I can think where I have seen any of the second class was when the ship was at an angle and they are near the boat deck entry of the second class stairs with the domed windows. I think it just showed like a table lamp or a plant and I think wood panelling or maybe I'm just thinking crazy. Anyways I had always wished they would find a reason to go into the staircase.....maybe Cal could have chased them down there.......after the run to the aft of the ship and the changing of decks..........maybe too much work!
The only real mention of second class is when that seaman comes into the master at arms' office.
"Sir, they need you at the second class purser's office, big mob up there, sir."
Yeah, I think that's it due to the nature of the film they wanted to show the first and third class divide so any second class set would dilute the effect.
It would have been nice to see some second class sets in the movie, but it wouldn't have served the film's main characters. And I agree with Jeremy that it would have "diluted" the contrast created between 1st and 3rd class. Besides, were the second class accommodations that much different than third class?
Yeah, quite different. Bear in mind that second class was still for mostly middle class families or people while the third class was mostly for immigrants.
No I do not believe that any second class sets were created. I read a book on the movie and although the ship in the movie was close to full-scale, a lot of rooms were not built because of all the tanks in the ship for flooding and stuff.
I do not believe any sets were made for second class at all. It could be due to the budget, considering the huge amount of $$$$ put into making the (half-sized) replica of the ship. The same thing goes for making the sets, props, and etc .... Also, perhaps the reason why there is hardly any mention of the second class in the film is because usually in most Titanic films (I do not know about ANTR) they focus more on first and third classes, simply because they're complete opposite of each other. Very disappointing if you ask me, viewing as how I'm curious to know what it would've been like if they made a set for that class.
i noticed in the film that jack an rose exit from the 2nd class stairs onto the aft end of the boat deck(just befor they bump into col Gracie who offers to lead them to the boats)this is just after they were chased down into the d deck saloon(flooding)by cal waving a gun about.
how would they have gotten aft again to reach the 2nd class staircase when they were moving fwd into the flooding part of the ship?
I'm developing a greater interest in 2nd class decor, and the accounts of 2nd class survivors...Lawrence Beesley's account stands as my favorite...
Regarding a comment made earlier in this thread to the effect that the 2nd class accommodation aboard the Olympic class liners was similar to that of the 3rd class, I would suggest that, if anything, the 2nd class areas were more like those of the 1st. The 2nd class public areas, in particular, were finished to a very high standard.

Lawrence Beesley’s account gives the impression that many of his fellow second class travellers were, sober, industrious professional people who preferred to spend their time in the library. This begs the question, was the library shared by 1st and 2nd class passengers — if so, it would indicate that the White Star company regarded its 1st and 2nd class customers with equal regard.
Both 1st and 2nd Class were provided with a lounge containing a 'library' (ie a bookcase). Only in 2nd Class was the room itself referred to as a library, but the provision of books was no greater there than in the 1st Class lounge. The 'library steward' mentioned by Beesley was probably not a specialist librarian and had the same duties as the 1st Class lounge stewards, which included the issuing of books.