on the whole were expected to make their
own entertainment onboard Titanic. There was a well stocked library
available to both the
and second class passengers. Many people spent time writing letters
home as well as keeping diaries.
first class atire
could take advantage of the barbershop as well as a well stocked
dark room available for those interested in the relatively new
pastime of photography.
also a gymnasium, Turkish baths and a swimming pool filled with
"I saw the beautiful swimming bath...which was something
new to transatlantic liners...and I was soon caught up
and entranced with the physical culture gymnasium. There
I was invited to take exercise of various mechanical machines,
electrically controlled. I had a camel ride, a cycle ride
and a donkey ride."
R C Lawrence, Freemantle, Survivor
Titanic Voices, p 97/98
who wanted to take more leisurely activities could choose to
take a stroll along the promenade, play a game of deck quoites
or relax on one of the many deck chairs.
was a major activity for most people and for many this would
have been their first experience of meeting people of different
were also several professional gamblers on board ready to join
a game of cards. Some passengers preferred to keep themselves
to themselves emerging at lunch time and then returning to their
game of Deck quoites was invented during the time of Nelson.
The quoites were colour coded and corresponded with numbers
marked on the deck.
Women were allowed to stand slightly nearer to allow for restrictions
in movement due to tight corseting.
passengers in second class were able to access some of the areas
open to the first class passengers, the library was open to
them as well as the smoking room. Many would have spent much
of their time writing letters home and playing card or board
games and of course socialising would have been very much the
order of the day. There was even a newspaper on board called
the Atlantic Daily Bulletin.
"No effort had been spared to give even the second cabin
passengers on that Sunday the best dinner that money
could buy. After I had eaten, I listened to the orchestra
for a little while, then at nine o`clock or half past
nine I went to my cabin"
Charlotte Collyer, Survivor
Titanic Voices, p133
was not a great deal for a third-class passengers to do on board.
Recreations such as could be had in a gymnasium, swimming pool,
Turkish bath and other luxuries were restricted to the first
class, and to some extent the second class.
formal entertainment was provided, other than the music
supplied by the ships orchestra, which played in the first
and second class dining rooms, and gave recitals in their
lounges. Third class passengers were left to organise
their own entertainment, which often took the form of
a singsong or dancing to music provided by themselves".
The Saga of the Titanic`s Steerage
the day the gymnasium was open for the first class children
and in the evening they were able to attend the concerts with
library was open to both first and second class children. All
of the children on board would have entertained themselves playing
deck quoites, shuffleboard and running and skipping games on
areas accessible to passengers were linked to the section of
the ship where their berth was situated, consequentially some
areas were off limits to anyone berthed in a different section
of the ship.
many ways the third class children would have had the most fun
on board as they would have enjoyed exploring the ship and would
have found it easier to access below decks where the crew were
Strange though it may seem, there were several pets accompanying
their owners on board the ship. The cost however was quiet high,
about the same as the fare for a child (half fare) so it was
mainly the first class passengers who had their pets with them.
There was a total of nine dogs, four hens and
roosters, 30 cockerels, one yellow canary and the ship's cat
named Jenny. Five of the dogs stayed with their owners in their
the Titanic went down, only three dogs and a canary survived
the voyage Mrs Nellie Hocking and Edwina Trout, Second
class passengers, were disturbed by the sound of a rooster
crowing, and both of them took it as a harbinger bad luck."
the Titanic had her own pet in the shape of the ship's
cat, which stewardess Violet Jessop said was called Jenny.
Ship's cats were common in that period because of the
presence of rats. While the ship was being stored at Southampton,
Jenny presented her keepers with a litter of kittens."
All quotes on this page reproduced from
The Animals on board the Titanic by
Loannis Georgiou, Atlantic Daily Bulletin