The Titanic was the largest and most famous luxury liner of its time, taking many important people on cruises that offered them a taste of the lifestyle they could enjoy when the great economic downturn began. While many of the ship’s first-class staterooms were quite grand, others were not, and those that featured a pool probably had less room than one would expect from the name of the ship.
As the end of the twentieth century drew near, the unthinkable happened: the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. The resulting investigation revealed that many of the first-class staterooms had not only faulty woodwork that caused flooring and furniture to deteriorate, but some also had water damage due to an improperly sealed roof hatch. Many of the passengers and crew that traveled on this ship never had the opportunity to enjoy a summer day by the water and many will never know how warm the sensation of swimming really can be until now.
Roof Hatch Problems
The investigation into the cause of the ship’s sinking was quite complex and took a good amount of time. One of the biggest issues that arose from it was that of the roof hatch. When the iceberg hit, the ship lost its power and its water accumulated in the lower decks due to the poor sealing of the roof hatch. The weight of the water in the hull forced the boat downward, eventually sinking it below the waterline. Once the vessel was disabled, it took many more hours to remove the last of the stored food and close all the hatches to ensure that nothing more would be released into the water. Once this was done, the mostly male passengers were able to survive the ordeal in quite a few cases. For women and children, the situation was much more grim, with a number of them choosing to commit suicide rather than face the uncertainty of being rescued. As a result of this accident, regulations were changed so that all ships had to have their roof hatches sealed before leaving port. This is also why many ferries have closed down, simply because they cannot pass the regulations set forth by the shipping industry.
To continue with the theme of this article, the vast majority of the first-class staterooms were quite grand, featuring large windows that looked out over the ocean. Many of these rooms also had a private pool, which was not only a luxury in and of itself, but it was also used by the ship’s crew as a place to relax. While most of the staterooms were quite grand, some were not, with a few even lacking basic furniture, leading one to question how anyone could truly relax in such a setting. The investigation determined that due to a poorly handled refurbishment, the ship’s owner was not equipped to offer any assistance when things went wrong. This issue will also reoccur, as many high-end hotel owners will attest, as soon as the initial set-up is completed and staff begin to feel comfortable in their roles, things begin to go wrong. This is even truer when it comes to luxury liners and large commercial ships, where over time, many things can go wrong without proper oversight, leading to major financial losses if the ship is not professionally staffed and well-financed. A good captain and chief engineer are an important part of any ship’s survival, but proper training and financial backing allow them to do their jobs effectively and efficiently, preventing many issues from arising in the first place.
No More First-Class Cocktails
The Titanic also suffered from what has become known as the “Titanic Curse,” where many first-class suites and restaurants on the vessel were named after the famous ship. The first-class bar Stanhope was named after the hotel of the same name in London and the restaurant Roman’s is named after the famous restaurateur Cesar Ritz. While the London hotel and the restaurant are still around, the Titanic has long since ceased to be and her ill-fated glory now attracts tourists and fans of the infamous ship rather than those seeking to emulate her legendary lifestyle.
The Pool Was A Place To Socialize
Another point that the investigation made was that the pool was a place where people could socialize and have fun. While many of the first-class staterooms had large windows that looked out over the ocean, the pool was the easiest way for people to escape the feeling of being cooped up inside the ship. One passenger even recalled how they would often come back from their daily swim and find people huddled around the pool’s fountain, talking and laughing. In some cases, people would even come back after spending time with the captain and other high-ranking officers to find those they had befriended in the water, getting truly relaxed and unwound in the process.
To this day, people still visit the Titanic, drawn not only to her tragic story, but to the chance to swim in a pool that bears her name. While a number of the upper decks and first-class staterooms still exist, the Titanic sits proudly in the middle of the North Atlantic, slowly sinking below the waves as an eternal reminder of what can happen when staff are not properly trained and equipped to address emergencies in a professional manner.