Tuesday, March 4, 2008
The 3rd Class General Room
The 3rd class General Room was one of the grandest rooms in 3rd class. As you came aboard, the first thing you saw was the General Room with pine paneling and teak furniture. Located just below the poop deck, the General Room was easy to reach for all passengers. It was very lively and every night, there would be a party where there would be no rules nor dance steps. During the day, men would talk play cards, smoke, drink, and have a so called good time. Since there was no band, a group of passengers whom brought instruments would get together and play songs that all of them knew. Even some of the crew came down when they were off duty and joined in. On Sunday morning on the night of April 14, 1912, the band played hymnals for church service and after the meeting, a few men stayed to do their usual routine. That night, there was shrieking from women and the diving of boys onto the floor trying to catch a mouse running across the feet of ladies sitting on the benches chatting. The stewards then asked them to leave because they were turning the lights out for the night. When James Cameron went down there, he found a bar, the bases to benches, and a table for about 8 people.