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Video highlights from Rebuilding Titanic

Learn about the First Class Smoking Room and the Third Class Cabins

Craftwork for the First Class Smoking Room
•    A first class crossing cost about £500, the equivalent of over £43,000 of today's money.
•    Titanic’s first class accommodation boasted a lavish grand central staircase, a fine dining room, gymnasium, and a gentlemen-only smoking lounge. With mahogany panelled walls, stained glass windows, a working marble fireplace and luxurious leather chairs, the smoking lounge was reputedly the most expensive room on the ship.
•    Few plans of Titanic's interiors survive. The only visual references of the first class smoking room are black and white photos taken on Titanic's sister ship, Olympic.
•    The tiles and chairs in the first class smoking room of Titanic's sister ship, Olympic, are documented as being green.
•    Revealing colour photographs of Titanic’s wreckage evidence that Titanic's colour scheme was probably red.
•    Hides soak for weeks to strengthen and preserve them in the traditional tanning process
•    Hides are soaked in lime solution for four days before being given a shave.
•    English Antique Glass in the Midlands is the only place left in the United Kingdom that makes flat glasses in the traditional way.
•    A hundred years ago, glass blowers were amongst the higher paid craftsmen, and worked in hot, dry and smoky workshops where men traditionally used vast amounts of beer to rehydrate themselves, resulting in many dying prematurely from liver disease.
•    A hundred years ago, glass cost over $150 per square metre.

Titanic’s F
•    The largest museum dedicated to Titanic is in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and includes a $1 million full-scale replica of the first class, grand central staircase.
•    Around 50 upholsterers were employed at Harland and Wolff to work on Titanic’s furniture, furnishing a lounge chair by hand in just eight hours.
•    Re-creating one of Titanic's smoking room chairs required 130 hours of skilled labour from three separate craft industries.

Third Class Cabins
•    One way, third class ticket cost $36, the equivalent of over $800 in today's money.
•    Third class passengers had access to a dining room with an all-inclusive third class menu and a recreation area on the poop deck. There was also a general room, complete with piano, to gather round and sing their favourite music hall ditties.
•    Most third class accommodation was clearly segregated from first class.
•    Third class family cabins on the Titanic were 1/30th the size of first class suites. Up to nine family members shared one of these cabins.
•    Between 1900 and 1910, eight million people emigrated to the United States.
•    Titanic's third class family cabins offered an electric light, a washbasin with running water, and their steel walls were clad with tongue and groove wooden panelling.

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