Third class on the Titanic was absolutely stupendous compared to the times. On the Titanic, third class accommodations were like that of second class of any other liner or shipping company. Though the White Star Line focused a lot on first class wealth, they did not do away with third class. The White Star Line knew that third class passengers were coming to America to start a new life and that they were moving all of their belongings across the Atlantic for a fresh start.
Third class berths were fairly luxurious in their own way, they provided electric lighting, heat, and wash basins. In fact the accommodations in third class were far better than the life they had left from where the came from. There was only one bathtub for all of the men in third class, but this was not stinginess on the White Star Line part, the poor at that time thought that taking frequent baths would give you lung disease. The same for all of the women and children.
Quaker Oats and Milk
Beefsteak and Onions
Fresh Bread and Butter
Marmelade, Swedish Bread
Cheese and Pickles
Fresh Bread and Butter
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Cabin Biscuits, Fresh Bread
Peaches and Rice
Dinner: - Every Day - Cabin Biscuits and
Cheese, Gruel and Coffee.
Fresh Fish served as a Substitute for
Salt Fish as opportunity offers.
Kosher Meat supplied and cooked for
Jewish Passengers as desired.
They didn't eat too badly, either!!!
This is a picture of a third class dining room, it don't look that bad to me, but compared to the first class dining room, there's a huge difference. But as you can see, third class passengers didn't have it that bad off really, and they were treated really well from the White Star Line.
This is a third class berth, the only thing that I see that I don't like is how cramped it seems to be, but you just have to remember the places these people were coming from. The
accommodations are not really that bad at all. All of the third class berths had springs in the mattresses and feather pillows.
This is just a third class common area.
Here is a third class sitting room and smoking room all combined. As you can see, it is brightly lit and is furnished fairly nice.
On the night of April 14, 1912, and the morning of the 15th the Titanic's third class passenger did not fare very well. They were kept below decks, and told that they would be let up soon, and that there wasn't that big of a problem. But here and there, a few third class passenger escaped to the boat deck. By the time that the crew let all of them up, all of the lifeboats had gone and there was nothing for hundreds of passengers. There was a 1 out of 10% chance of a male third class passenger getting on a lifeboat, and a 9 out of 10% chance of a female first class passenger getting on a lifeboat. Most of these poor passengers were left to fend for themselves, and await their fate.
Titanic's third class passengers had it pretty good till the ship started to sink, and then they were treated like animals. But these were real people who led real lives, just because they didn't have the money to travel in first class doesn't mean that at least the women and children didn't have the right any more than the first class passengers did to a lifeboat. In my eyes, third class women passengers that lost husbands lost even more than the first class women passengers did, think about it; a third class women passenger arriving in a foreign land with really no way to make money without a man, and they usually had families, what became of them? Now first class passenger women that lost their husbands did not have the financial problems that third class passenger would have most likely had, and second of all, they were probably home.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that they weren't treated right, and could have been treated a lot better. Third class women and children deserved a spot in a lifeboat just as much as a first class lady, or child.