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Titanic: Class Differences
Transcript of Titanic: Class Differences
Titanic: Class Differences
Titanic passengers were divided into three separate classes, determined not only by the price of their ticket, but by their wealth. First class passengers were the wealthiest on board, and were mostly business men or politicians. Second class were often professors or authors while third class or steerage was made up of primarily immigrants. All three classes were treated very differently when on board during the trip and after the sinking. The survival rate among classes also varied.
Classes had very different experiences aboard the Titanic regarding their cabins,
ticket prices, and food.
~ First class cabins were very fancy, equipped with telephones, heaters, wardrobe rooms, private baths, and of course, bells for summoning the steward. Second class cabins had beds built into the walls and had a very homelike and comfy feeling. Third class slept in crowded bunk beds. They also shared bathrooms. There were only 2 bathtubs for all 210 third class passengers.
~ First class tickets cost $3,500 in today's money. Second class tickets cost $375 and third class cost $350.
First class ate in an enormous room that could fit 500 people. They were served fancy foods such as smoked salmon and fillet mignon. Second class rooms fit about 394 diners and were served food such as eggs and soup. Third class dining rooms could fit 473 passengers and were served foods such as potatoes and vegetable stew. The menu for third class was very limited.
The survival rate for different classes varied greatly due to several factors.
~97 % of first class women surivived while only 45% of third class women survived
~33% of first class men survived while only 16% of third class men survived.
~86% of first class children survived while only 36% of third class children survived
~ Although in general, twice as many first class passengers survived than third class, it is interesting to note that gender was the primary determining factor. For example, more third class women survived than first class men!
Here are some examples of what a first and third class cabin would have looked like.
Following the sinking of the Titanic, class distinction continued.
~The ship sent to rescue survivors was called the Carpathia. Even on the Carpathia, classes were separated.
~The ship sent out by the White star line to search for bodies 2 days after the sinking only brought back first class passengers, while the rest were given an on- the-spot burial at sea or were placed on ice and returned to shore.
~Upon the return of survivors, the press was more interested in First class survivor stories than any other class.
As you can see, classes were
treated differently during, and
after the Titanic. Maybe if all classes were
treated the same, more people would have
survived this tragedy.