David M. Brown
I once met a Titanic survivor who was 5 years old at the time of the sinking. She had a number of memories that could have been supplied or suggested to her by adult survivors. However, she had one memory that suggests her memories were her own, not suggestions of others. She said she found the smell of paint quite strong and unpleasant. She was a third-class Swedish immigrant. My question is: Does anyone know how soon before embarkation the third-class quarters, deck, mess, etc. were painted? Is it likely they were still off-gassing in a big way by the time third-class passengers came on board and the ship sailed?